Happy New Year! Over the holidays, we spent the nights building fires and viewing the lights in East Sac. We also took a day trip out to Willows, California for some bird watching at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. We saw many snow geese, herons and hawks. Let’s not forget one of our favorite nights of the year, a caroling party at a friend’s mom’s house, full of musicians, singing and food.
As we say hello to 2015, let’s take a look back at the gardening year of 2014. Lots happened in the garden over the year and although I didn’t meet my goal of 500 pounds, I had lots of interesting new things happening in the garden and I learned a lot. I am excited to start fresh in 2015.
My yearly total for 2014 was 382 pounds!
My yearly total for 2013 was 425 pounds. The main culprit for my low numbers this year was a bad tomato season. In 2013 I had 207 pounds of tomatoes! In 2014 I only had 41 pounds with even more plants. Not all produced poorly in 2014. Some of my heavy hitters were: greens (8.27 pounds), basil (10.47 pounds), beets (15.33 pounds), carrots (7.77 pounds), cucumbers (47.85 pounds), kale (16.87 pounds), trombetta squash (72.89 pounds from 1 plant!!), onions (22 pounds), peppers (34.39 pounds), and turnips (19.27 pounds).
Here are some of my garden highlights of 2014:
1. Being part of the East Sac Edible Garden Tour was by far my best gardening moment of the year. I was able to open my garden for visitors to stroll through (and all for charity!) and spent my day talking to amazing gardeners full of useful and inspiring information.
2. My monster trombetta squash made it on live T.V. It’s famous!
3. Spending time in the garden with my daughter.
Thanks for being part of my 2014! Here’s to another great year in the garden!
January 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm
Hi there! Glad to find your blog :). It’s always fun to read others’ accounts of their urban edible adventures. Also fun to see your harvest tallies! 2014 was our first year weighing everything we grew. It was a pain sometimes, but it sure is satisfying to have the numbers. This year, I got a more precise scale for weighing small quantities. I’m also thinking of trying to calculate the market value of what we grow…if I can muster the self-discipline :).
Happy seed-starting for 2015!
January 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm
Thanks Sarah for visiting. I agree that weighing everything is tedious but it keeps me motivated. Calculating the market value would be even more tedious but I did come across one gardening blog that only did that. I took away the knowledge that my food is worth way more than what I can get in the store so that is good enough for me! I look forward to reading your blog!