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@Nicky Schauder Following up from this morning's post - Notice how the lion's mane wouldn't colonize where the plastic was slit and is only fruiting from the corners - I am assuming this is because it is drying out too much :(
Current plant inventory
I went out and counted what is currently growing. I made the kids guess how many different plants we had first. I only counted each variety once, so even though I have 4 watermelon plants, I only counted it once(and I don't know the variety, so there may be more than one). But since there are 3 varieties of lantana betwixt about 5 plants, I counted it 3 times :
65 total (if I include borage, cilantro and lettuce that have consistently self seeded and come back every year, even though I don't see them right now)
54 are perennial or self seeding or spread so as to act like perennial
42 of the total have been added since we got here (including a few volunteers like purslane and ground cherry)
53 are edible (some more desirable than others)
of the remaining plants "non edible", 8 are pollinators that we don't actually eat, although 5 of those are technically edible
4 palm trees (which provide shade so we can forgive them for not serving many other purposes)
BTW, in the past year we have harvested over 358 lbs of food, and over 664 since we started counting a few years ago (So over 50 lbs more the second year than the first).
And this doesn't count most of the gallons of honey and pounds of wax we've been harvesting from the bees this summer.
I do! I started a little more seriously this year around Feb/Mar. I have a baker’s rack that’s roughly 4’wx5’hx2’d and has 4 shelves. I bought a set of grow lights in May - I wish I hadn’t put them off and got them when I started in the early spring. Just about a week ago I started growing microgreens again. So much fun! I already have an order of seeds coming to grow more :)
I also have a small aeroponics system (aerogarden) that I like to grow lettuce in. It’s easy peasy and pretty much no fuss.
Thanks Nicky + Dave, this was a fun challenge! I’m excited to add up my numbers to see how many pounds of food we grew! This is our last week of plum tomatoes. The ground cherries will continue to produce until frost. I started growing microgreens again, so I’m looking forward to more of those and everything I just planted seeds for (fingers crossed) :) We grow the lettuce indoors, so we’ll continue to harvest until we decide to grow something else in their place.