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The Harvest Continues

19 March 2012

No pics this week, my camera is broken and it’s raining anyway!

My February value of vegetables harvested was $401 ! This was very low because of such big crop failures associated with the rain and no sun etc…see below… however it is still a huge saving on the grocery bill, and we have almost paid off the cost of putting the garden in after 16 weeks since digging the beds. This summer has been a huge wake up call…… this would have bee n a starvation year 200 years ago. We need to learn from the failures and successes of this season.

My two biggest lessons have been:

  1. That high brix crops are far more likely to perform well, handle the extreme climate conditions because they have complete sugars complete proteins and fats and essential oils for protection .. lots more about this in our July 2012 catalogue.
  2. We need to pay far more attention to which crops are most likely to do well in our area and choose a range that are likely to perform over all

In my garden I had:

  • A rock melon failure, around 100 melons rotting days before potential ripening due to lack of sun
  • Very few ripe peppers due to lack of sun
  • Not sure if long keeping pumpkins will mature and keep well at all due to lack of sun
  • Eggplants no fruit at all due to lack of sun
  • Mid/late season corn not ripening de to lack of sun, and too much rain
  • I’m too scared to harvest the kumara because they have basically had no sun since planting, will let you know next month what happens there….

I also had:

  • 220 Zimbabwe squash harvested from 5 sq m of garden bed! with vines going up ti- pees so no extra area was used
  • 30 kgs of Crookneck squash (courgettes) harvested from 2 plants
  • 40 Delicata squash from 2sq m of bed
  • Dalmatian Peans; excellent result
  • Potatoes and tomatoes ( that survived a neighbour’s spray drift) excellent result due high brix plants and using EF:Bio pesticide I’m sure. After all this rain we have no blight in potatoes and the tops are still actively growing and the crops getting heavier . ( The EF:Biopesticide only seems to need very few applications in these wet conditions)
  • 5kgs of Proso millet from 2 sq m of bed
  • Sinton dried beans cropped at .6 kgs per sq m. I know that will be way more next time,.. they were transplanted too late from their trays…. but they are all 100% perfect no marks from the wet etc
  • My Mother In Law Beans also cropped at .6 kgs per sq m, but they didn’t like the wet, their pods are thinner and many beans were marked and not edible.
  • If you also had unusual experiences this summer please email us and let s know what worked for you and what didn’t. We will print an article in the July cat to help out others plan for resiliance
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