Rechallenge update #5...

06 April, 2013

I've hit the halfway mark of the challenge to grow at least 80% of my fruit and veg for a year.

According to last years challenge records, March and April are the peak production months for the garden.

So it seems to have followed this year. The March total was (dah dah daaah)... 95% homegrown!

Yay garden!


This past month the garden has produced good crops of: tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, figs, rockmelon, strawberries (regular and alpine), carrots, zucchini, eggplant, beetroot, spinach, spring onions, parsley and basil.

There is still quite a few of the summer crops coming along. The Isis Candy tom is the only one of the tomatoes still cropping reasonably well, and its still flowering and setting fruit so I'm hopeful for a continuing crop for a little while longer. The cucumbers are still setting plenty of fruit. The rockmelons are developing well and I expect will be on the table in the next few weeks. Eggplants are still coming along.

But mostly coming up now is the beginnings of autumn crops, which I think well feature fairly heavily this month. Kale is almost at a crop-able size and the cauliflowers and broccoli are much more advanced than last year with early planting in Jan. It will be interesting to compare when these actually produce compared to last year.

But for now I'll be happy for the remainder of summer crops to keep coming into the kitchen.

8 comments:

  1. Stunning Bek, amazing. As my summer crops were pretty much a failure, I am looking forward to more success with the winter crops. I have some cabbages ripping along and broccoli that is looking pretty fab too. I am hoping that in a year or two I might set myself similar challenges. well done!

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    1. Cheers! Good luck with you're brassicas, it sounds like they are coming along well. I look forward to hearing how any future challenges may go!

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  2. Fabulous Bek, My cucumbers have finished now as have my tomatoes - great that you still have at least some off both. That's a lovely array of produce.

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  3. Wow I am lucky to get herbs from the garden. I have just moved all my strawberries so I didn't even get a second crop. I did pull out some carrot which reminds me I need to replant.... It looks like an amazing selection you have

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    1. Hmm, note to self - sow some more carrots! I can't say the second crop of strawbs are as tasty as those in the height of summer, but it's nice to have some fruit between the stone fruits and the first apples.

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  4. 95% for both fruit and vegies is amazing! I've managed to do it with vegetables but unless I just lived on rhubarb all year it's about 5% for fruit! It sounds like you've done really well in the transition between summer and winter, with late tomatoes and early brassicas.

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    1. Cheers! I think I'd be living off rhubarb too if it was a seperate fruit target, but I just average it. I reckon it'd be roughly 50% homegrown fruit, but pretty much all homegrown veg. Hopefully I haven't spoken to soon on the brassicas.

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