We have just started eating the first of the swiss chard. I absolutely love this vegetable and look forward to finding many new ways to use it.
This past year was a mixed one for my veggie growing endeavours. Some things thrived, others not so much, but I have learned a lot.
Here are the grand totals in poundage, (for what it is worth), of everything we grew during 2009. The different types of each vegetable are combined into each grand total.
Swiss Chard- 42 lbs 7 oz's Spinach- 18 lbs 10 oz Ichiban eggplants- 8 lbs 6 oz's Beets- 6 lbs 6 oz's Tomatoes 84 lbs 8 oz's !!!! (I had a couple of beef steaks that weighed over a pound each!) Zucchini's- 19 lbs 9 oz's Cucumbers- 8 lbs 8 oz's Tomatillo's- 6 lbs 9 oz's Chili peppers- 3 lbs 7 oz's Peppers- 4 lbs 2 oz's Leeks- 1 lb 9 oz's Carrots- 2 lbs 9 oz's The green beans and peas are hardly worth mentioning, just a few handfuls of each. Cilantro, basil, parsley, and many other herbs did well.
I was amazed by how many tomatoes we got. It didn't seem to be as many at the time because they were stretched over several months. We had a lot of cherry tomatoes towards the end of the summer.
The main thing I have learned is to use my limited space wisely by concentrating on veggies that we use, and also by planting those that don't take a lot of space for the amount they produce. I love peas for example but they simply take up too much space in order to produce any significant amount. I have also been reminded yet again that there are no certainties with gardening, and that luck is a major factor!
The hybrid seeds that I grew of course did much better than many of the heirlooms. However I will continue to keep planting these valuable heirlooms, and I plan to get better at recognizing their particular needs.
I still have a lot of seeds left over from last year which is good. I have been storing them in the bottom the refrigerator and I am sure they will be fine. I start seeding again January 1st believe it or not. This is one of the perks of living in such a warm place.