Year 3 experiment results


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Results:
Asparagus- one meal as this was it's first full year
Rhubarb- same thing
Onions- 33 each White, Red, and Yellow
Corn- 45 ears, all pretty good, a bit of worm damage
Hubbard Squash-25 small ones and 5 huge ones
Delicata Squash- 30
Caserta and Zucchini Summer Squash- 85 total, spread out over the season
Cantelope- 4
Honeydew Melons-4
Green Beans- 6 Quarts
Purple Beans- 14 Quarts
Potatoes- 3 lbs of small Red Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes- 3 lbs
Ground Cherries- 3 Pints of jam and a lot just for eating ( I love these!)
Okra- Enough for dinner every Wednesday plus 6 bags in the freezer for later
Cucumbers- the Lemon Cucumbers did very well, but the pickling cukes didn't produce very well at all. We just ate them in salad.
Lettuce- Ok until it got hot
Celtus- Highly overrated, not all that good
Spinach- 5 bags put away, plus countless omlets all summer
Beets- 2 quarts put away and all the greens we could eat
Strawberry Spinach- kind of disappointing, the leaves are small and the berries are bland and kind of "green" tasting. Ok in salad, but I won't do them again
Casper Eggplant- these did GREAT this year. Lots of nice little eggplants1
Black Beauty Eggplant- only three nice fruit, but they were delicious! The plants didn't grow well this year.
Broccoli- no heads at all this year
Cauliflower- small heads and a bit tough. It was probably a bit too warm for them
Carrots- 4 Quarts
Fennel- eaten by a woodchuck, but the ferns that came back were tasty
Peppers- 4 quarts of Jalapenos, 3 each of Banana and California Wonder
Tomatoes- I have 8 quarts of sauce, 7 of salsa, 2 pints of tomato jam, and they are still coming! We had Mortgage Lifters, Cherry's, and Black Krim. I will also do some fried green tomatoes...
Snow Peas- 10 quarts
Huckleberries- taste AWFUL raw, but make a jam that is almost a cross between Blueberry and Blackberry. VERY good!
Strawberries- eaten by Chipmunks...

Not too bad for a Garden Experiment! On to planning next year's......!
 
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You've been busy! That's a great harvest (y)

I've never heard of strawberry spinach before, sounds intriguing.
 
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I am intrigued by the above ground fabric. How is it fastened? Just stapled or is there such thing as dirt glue?
 
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I am intrigued by the above ground fabric. How is it fastened? Just stapled or is there such thing as dirt glue?
It is landscape plastic, held down by the tires on top. We were trying to eradicate an invasive plant that had grown into our septic system, so we covered it in plastic and held it down with tires,at which point my husband decided to fill the tires with dirt and plant stuff in them. Cooperative Extension said that it would take about six years to kill off the weeds, so I guess we're planting the garden for a while!
 
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