Rechallenge update #3...

04 February, 2013

Things are going slower than expected four months in to my challenge to grow 80% of my fruit and veg.

This month seems to have been really slow in the garden. Yes, tomatoes are starting to crop and the zucchini and cucumbers are finally coming along. Crops are coming through but not thick and fast like I expected. Last year January was one of my peak fruit and veg growing months. This year not so much. Add that to my passion for purchasing summer stone fruit and the still limited pickings from my juvenile fruit trees and it all adds up to a lackluster month in the garden.

And its reflected in the percentage: 73% of my fruit and veg was garden produced.


Now this seems like pretty good going, and it is. Truly I'm grateful for all the fabulous produce that's been coming along. But I feel it could have been better. Earlier plantings will need to be tested next year, and I'm thinking about getting a greenhouse for starting off crops earlier. But this is all planning.

Surprisingly, now that I've just gone back to my records and checked, last years total for January was only 51%. I'm amazed. I really thought it was more than that. Maybe things aren't so unusually slow after all. February through to April were really the killer months for mountains of produce.

When do you find your garden hits it's peak?

6 comments:

  1. Mmmm- I glad its not just me.....every year I think the same thing.... but if I seriously think about - late Feb through to mid March are the most productive months in my patch.

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    1. Yes, it's deceptive! For me I think things really start to take off from late Jan and but like you peaks in Feb/March.

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  2. I've been thinking things are slow too. I've hardly had any ripe tomatoes and I'm sure I had loads more by this time last year. But maybe if I had actual records to check over I'd find it was normal. I think Jodie's right about late Feb and Marxh being most productive.
    I am so impressed with your 80% challenge.

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    1. I've had lots of tomato growing friends complaining of a slow tomato year! And I don't think I've had that many self sow come to think if it, whereas usually there are heaps. Cheers, the challenge will be a tough one but good.

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  3. Is that a lovely purple capsicum? And you have lovely fat cucumbers.

    I suspect that the gardens pretty much shut down when we had all that pretty much Australia-wide horrible heat.

    In Sydney my summer garden was at its most productive in Jan. No point in me really reflecting on this garden yet - too early to say.

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    1. It is! Very pretty but not that tasty, a little bitter I think. But its the first one off the nursery bought plant so I'll see what else it provides. I think you're right, those really hot days just make the garden shut down.

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