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2010 Results

Bread loaves baked

4

Harvested

1 apple
1 beet
2 carrots
6 heads lettuce
2 green beans
1 plum
120 cherry tomatoes
36 tomatoes
10 blueberries
45 potatoes
7 strawberries
81 peapods
1215 raspberries
fresh herbs

2009 Results

Bread loaves baked:

3 (-65 from last year)

Harvested from the garden:

10 apples
2 heads garlic
415 blackberries
41 plums
14 peppers
312 cherry tomatoes
40 tomatoes
106 blueberries
13 shallots
1 purple cauliflower
9 heads butter lettuce
1080 raspberries
13 handfuls green peas
1025 strawberries
9 carrots
57 potatoes
fresh herbs

Pounds decluttered:

many things in the course of packing/moving out/packing/moving back in. Lost a couch to rodents in storage locker. Lots of donations/recycling/garbage.

Canning

not one single thing

What was the plan again?

For a second year, I was going to try to grow/ pick / bake / cook / preserve / prepare / invent as much of our food locally as possible. I planted a garden in the spring, failing to account for the total disruption that moving out and having our house renovated down to the framing would cause. Things ran wild in the backyard. The blackberries went on a tear, the tomatoes sprawled with abandon, and i forgot where i planted most of my free-range potatoes. They are all sprouting now to taunt me with their wildness. The backyard is a jungle and the front yard is rubble. But I have a nice new house to live in!

How it went

Many things were planted and some grew (see above) and I did not bake much bread. I did hit the U-pick farms for strawberries and raspberries, but there was an unfortunate incident with the chest freezer (mysteriously unplugged by movers – it was three days before anyone noticed) which resulted in three inches of melted raspberries and defrosted fish in a swampy, gorge-inducing tidal wave of nastiness that i had the pleasure of swabbing out.

Didn’t get the front lawn dug up and planted – in fact, it looks worse than ever. Didn’t sew a thing – not one single thing – and i’m still working on the second of two socks i started knitting in 2007. This is not just a cut-and-paste from last year. I am STILL working on the second sock.

The reno

After much hemming and hawing and gnashing of teeth, we ultimately decided to add a partial second floor to the house. Six months of construction and we were back in before Christmas. I go on about this endlessly on the blog, making ‘Gardenopolis’ a bit of a misnomer. i don’t care – it’s my blog.

Next up

Back at the landscaping and gardening with renewed enthusiasm after a six-month break. Big plans baby!

Bread loaves baked:

68

Harvested from the garden:

fresh herbs
lavender, roses, jasmine
15 radishes
13 bowls of spinach/lettuce
15 stalks of rhubarb
6 bunches swiss chard
32 baby potatoes
25 potatoes
22 shallots
9 onions
9 bunches of broccoli
492 strawberries
53 handfuls of peas
371 raspberries
51 carrots
9 heads purple cauliflower
11 beets
345 blueberries
12 zucchini
467 cherry tomatoes
43 tomatoes
23 handfuls of blackberries
25 cups of beans
20 cucumbers
35 brussel sprouts
5 spaghetti squash
1 mystery squash
2/3 cup dried beans (turtle and speckled bay)
2 pumpkins
1 artichoke

Pounds decluttered:

445+5 boxes of books to be weighed

Canning

(500 ml = 1 pint; 250 ml = 1/2 pint, approx)

  • 7 x 500 ml; 1 x 250 ml jars bread & butter pickles (cucumber)
  • 2 x 500 ml jars bread & butter pickles (cucumber & purple cauliflower)
  • 3 x 500 ml jars pickled beets
  • 3 x 500 ml; 1 x 250 ml jars raspberry jam
  • 6 x 500 ml; 1 x 250 ml jars raspberry/strawberry jam
  • 6 x 500 ml; 1 x 250 ml jars strawberry jam
  • 5 x 500 ml jars strawberry/rhubarb jam

What was the plan again?

For one year, I was going to try to grow/ pick / bake / cook / preserve / prepare / invent as much of our food locally as possible. On a small city lot (33 x 122 feet) I wanted to tear up the grassy front yard and convert it to an edible garden. In the back yard, I wanted to plant most of two huge new beds with edibles, in addition to the existing 9′ x 12′ garden plot.

On other fronts, I aimed to shop locally more – from farmers’ markets to U-pick berry farms – to spend my dollars consciously and conscientiously.

I also wanted to start simplifying by getting rid of the piles of stuff that were breeding in the darkness of our basement – at least 500 lbs of it. This was (partly) in preparation for the greatly anticipated renovation-that-didn’t-happen-at-least-not-yet.

How it went

Many things were planted and some grew (see above and harvest) and I baked a ton of bread. Hit the U-pick farms for strawberries and raspberries (i missed out on the blueberries this year) and made jam and attempted some pickles. Managed to build boxes (with neighbourly input) for my raised garden beds, which ended up being 5 in number, including one on the side of the house. Go me!

Didn’t get the front lawn dug up and planted – in fact, it looks worse than ever. Didn’t sew a thing – not one single thing – and i’m still working on the second of two socks i started knitting in 2007. I did plant some fruit trees and things (asparagus, herb garden, artichokes, banana plants) for the longer-term (edible and aesthetic), and these will all hopefully make it through our unseasonably snowy winter.

I tried a bunch of things that didn’t work, and a few that did. I have a long way to go still. This is complicated by whether or not we will stay in our house for the long-term. One way or another, we’ll figure it out in 2009!

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  1. clare #
    October 3, 2009

    Hi, I’m Clare . Yikes, sounds like you did really well. I thought this was my idea …until i started doing some research today! I enjoyed your article thoroughly and have been struggling with the same idea. I’m about half a step from clueless in the gardening department…starting to seriously think about changing my lawn into a real garden but would like to develop a plan that’s aesthetically pleasing !!! Your article helped me become a little less intimidated by the idea. And look at your harvest. Congratulations to you. Sincerely, clare in new york.

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