Although I have been trying to keep careful records of our efforts this summer I have not kept up with writing posts like I had hoped to. It has definitely been a year of learning for us. The challenges of taking care of a large garden,animals, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and taking care of a family of 8 has kept me crazy busy! I’m looking forward to the winter and a time to reflect and plan how to do things better.
Here are some quick stats on our homestead so far:
Chickens: We now have 53 chickens which I find remarkable considering that’s how many we started with. We have added 23 to our flock from donations, lost 15 to deaths and butchered 8.
We are getting anywhere from 14-20 eggs a day.
The potato bins did not work out as we had hoped but we learned some things to improve next year. We got 5 pounds, 12 ounces total.
The zucchini is still in full force and we get 1-3 zucchinis a day. I have 24 (3 cup) bags of shredded zucchini stored in the freezer and we’ve been eating lots.
The peas did pretty well. I was able to harvest over 34 days. We got 5.4 pounds (including pods). We ate lots and shelled enough for 2 quarts for the freezer.
The green beans were doing very nicely until the grasshoppers decided to devour them. We harvested about 4 1/2 pounds and put 3 lbs 5 oz in the freezer.
The tomatoes are coming along. We had our first red tomato on 8/20. We have been getting a handful or two of cherry and pear tomatoes and 2 bigger tomatoes every day. There are still lots waiting to ripen.
The grasshoppers devoured our cabbage patch.
Although there are lots of them my onions are all rather small.
The cucumbers are somewhat slow put I really like the A-frame. We have been getting 4-5 pickling cucumbers and 1-2 slicing cucumbers every day.
The apples and plums are starting to turn and I am looking forward to seeing how they taste!
Our biggest challenges this summer have been getting the water where we need it, time and grasshoppers!
Considering that this year is our first on this big a scale I think it went quite well. The pumpkins and acorn squash are coming along. We’ve also had a few raspberries & strawberries to munch although I didn’t expect anything from those plants until next year.