I managed to harvest 224 lbs of fruits and vegetables last year with just the home garden (with 3 small raised beds, a couple of tiny patches in front, several grow bags in the driveway and my fruit trees). My fruit trees are reaching maturity and I have the new 14 ft x 20 community garden plot to provide more food. I had hoped to grow 500 lbs of produce this year. I decided to make a mid-year assessment now that the community garden is finally beginning to provide some produce. I wanted to see how this year was stacking up compared to last year. The picture isn’t pretty.
When I compared total harvest poundage for the first six months of this year versus last year, I found that I’m actually behind my harvest of last year by many pounds. Sadly, the night critters have eaten almost all of my peaches and nectarines and every last one of my plums and apricots. I’m at least 20 lbs lighter in the fruit harvest this year compared to last year.
By the end of June last year, I had harvested 1378 ounces (that’s 86 lbs and a few ounces) of fruits and vegetables combined. With my new community garden finally producing, I was hoping to have exceeded that this year. Not even close. The combined harvest by end of June this year was a mere 1105 ounces, or 69 lbs. Bummer.
Well, the bulk of my harvest last year was in July, August, Sept, and Oct, so here’s hoping I can catch up and even exceed last year’s harvest. But I’ve adjusted my goal for the year way down to a mere 300 lbs. I’m growing mostly heavy things in the community garden, things like corn, watermelon, winter squash, tomatoes and pumpkins. But the dingdang rabbits are eating everything. Edison made us take down our wire fences, which were rabbit-proof. The replacement plastic fences provide no protection from the bunnies. They chew right through the flimsy plastic mesh.
One little bunny actually lives in my garden. It only hops out when I’m there watering. The rest of the time it helps itself to my wax beans, nibbling the bottoms off each one. It eats the leaves off the bottom of the eggplants and the tops of the chard plants. Either the bunny or an itinerant possum is eating the tomatoes as soon as they become pink. It’s really frustrating, especially since I spent nearly $1500 on lumber, fencing, soil amendments, a bench, spray nozzle, etc.
Some of these photos are from last week’s harvest. I haven’t been very good about keeping up with blog posts, but I have been logging in the harvests in my garden diary. Here’s what I got last week.
8 oz Avocado (last of last year’s crop)
1.5 oz Blueberries
5 oz. Limes
8 oz Nectarines Snow Queen (entire crop)
8 oz. Peaches, August Pride (entire crop)
9 oz Orange, Navel
Subtotal Fruit 39.5 ounces
16 oz Beans, Wax
8.5 oz Bell Pepper, Black
6 oz Mesclun
2 oz Onion, Green
23 oz Onion, Red
16 oz Radish, White Icicle
26 oz Squash, Summer
32 oz Tomatoes
Subtotal Vegetables 129.5 oz
TOTAL 169.5 oz or 10.5 lbs
Oh. Well that wasn’t as bad a harvest week as I thought. Maybe there is still some hope for the season.
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