Published Monday October 17, 2016:

Grow what you like and eat what you grow

---work in progress

Armagarden 2016: Third year Crops, Successes and Failures in our Mittleider Garden

This was a weird growing year. It was wetter than normal in the spring and hotter than normal in the summer. 

My goal was to have home-grown corn on the cob for the 4th of July so I sprouted corn earlier than before and transplanted it on the last day of March. We got corn on the cob on July 8th. So close. Not bad though. 

We grew all the usual things, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, celery, carrots, radishes, melons (cantaloupe, honey dew), beans, mustard for seeds, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, okra, sunflowers, (for seeds), kale, squash, potatoes, soy beans, cucumbers. 

For the first time I successfully grew the following crops this year: 
Turnips, fennel, wheat for grain, poppies for seeds, dill weed, onions, garlic, leeks, kohlrabi, garbanzo beans, giant Peruvian corn. 

The following crops were tried but failed: Egg Plant, watermelon, sugar beets, red beets, hot peppers. Artichokes died over the winter and had to be replanted. 

Strawberries did amazing such that we were overwhelmed with 1 gallon of berries twice a week from June through October.
Raspberries did great as did blackberries. Our blue-berry plants produced fruit for the first time ever but they didn't taste very good. 

The grape vines did amazing. 4 plants yielded almost 50 quarts of juice, (13 gallons). 
The small cherry tree produced a few dozen cherries. 
The apple trees only produced 1 apple tree. Blossoms formed but fruit didn't set. The 2-year old pear trees set lots of fruit but they are far too young to be having babies so I pulled them all off.  A few pears on each tree missed my gaze and grew to full size. They tasted amazing. 
For the first time ever, we got apricots. Weird but I'm not complaining. 
Peaches and nectarines did well too. 

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