It’s too late for last Harvest Monday, and too early for next Harvest Monday. What is a garden blogger to do? The answer is…catch up with the Excel spreadsheet of my harvest to date.
The grand total for 2012 so far is, ta-da, 260 eggs, 59.1 lbs of fruit and 125.7 lbs of vegetables for a produce total of 184.8 lbs.
I don’t think I’m going to meet my harvest goal of 350 lbs this year, but I should beat my past harvest totals of 224 and 225 lbs. I hope, I hope, I hope.
I will need another 170 lbs of produce by December 31 if I’m going to reach that 350 lb goal. I don’t think it’s possible. My home summer garden is about shot, but the community garden plot is just now coming into production. I have watermelon, corn, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes and both winter and summer squash at the community garden, which are heavy crops. I also have some relatively lightweight crops there like lettuce, green beans, wax beans, dried black beans, bell peppers, and eggplant. Still coming at home are the last few avocados, my apple crop (which is going to be small with about 10 Granny Smith apples, 5 Fuji, and 3 Gala), yams, pumpkins, and lemons.
Some of my plants don’t seem to be on board with my harvest goals. My Fuyu Persimmon tree dropped the five fruit that it set. No persimmons this year. My grape vines bloomed for the first time this year and grapes started to grow, but they shriveled on the vine when still the size of currants. No grapes this year.
The good news is that my 21st Century Asian Pear bloomed for the first time this year, and set one pear. I may get my first Asian pear from that tree. My other tree, the Shinseiki Asian pear, didn’t set any fruit this year. Win some, lose some.
But gardening isn’t just about how many pounds of produce are harvested. It’s also about winning prizes at the county fair!