Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Year In Review

First of all THANK YOU! I am beyond excited that you have chosen to read our blog.
2013 brought a dream into reality, with the birth of Sustainable Blessings.

Thought it would be fun to look back on all that has happened both on the website and in our yard this year.

Here is a listing of the most popular posts in 2013:

 1. Taco Sauce

2. Amish Friendship Starter
3. Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
4. Homemade Ketchup
5. Dandelion Jelly

Here is a recap of what we grew in 2013:

This year I started weighing the harvests from our garden and yard. Unfortuately, I have not weighted the years prior but I do think we did great!

Basil: 0.9 ounces, plus harvests that I didn't weight. Only had 2 small plants this year.
Beans - Green: 6 pounds 0.75 ounces
Cilantro: Grew great!
Corn - Sweet: 16 pounds 12 ounces. Finally the racoons did not get our crop!
Cucumber: 11 pounds 5.35 ounces
Dandelion Petals: 3.1 ounces. Picked for Dandelion Jelly.
Garlic Mustard: 2.5 ounces. Picked for pesto.
Mulberry: 17 pounds 10.5 ounces. What a suprise to find 2 trees in our yard this year!
Mushroom - Morel: 1.5 ounces. Granted I only found 2 mushrooms... but I was so excited that they grew in our yard! What a treat!
Onion - White: 1 pound 2.5 ounces
Oregano: 0.2 ounces, plus 2 huge bunches that we dried.
Parsley: Grew great but never weighed any.
Pear: 118 pounds 6 ounces
Pea - Sugar Snap: 4.3 ounces. This was a sad little crop. Too bad, since I love Sugar Snap Peas.
Pepper - Green: 1 pound 14.25 ounces. We got lots of peppers but they were very small.
Pepper - Jalapeño: 2 pounds 6 ounces. Grew great! Loved the Pickled Jalapeños we made.
Potato - Red: 3 pounds 1.5 ounces
Potato - Yukon Gold: 2 pounds 8.75 ounces
Pumpkin: 81 pounds 9.2 ounces. Wow! All this from 2 plants.
Raspberry: 1 pound 1.25 ounces
Rhubarb: 1 pound 9.5 ounces
Rosemary: Grew well. I this plant comes back in 2014!
Sage - Pineapple: Delicous but did not weigh. Made the garden smell great!
Strawberry: 3 ounces
Stevia: This was a new plant to our garden. Was a great addition to our sun tea.
Tomato: 39 pounds 8.4 ounces. Frost hit us in mid October, which left us with lots of green tomatoes.
Watermelon: 125 pounds 12.4 ounces. The heaviest harvest of the year!

Total Weight Harvested in 2013...... 433 pounds 3.5 ounces!