Thursday, February 4, 2016

2015 Year In Review

Happy New Year!

I hope this post finds you relaxing from the whirlwind of last year and especially last month.

We ventured back "Home" to Wisconsin for a 12-day trip over the holidays. We made a quick overnight stop in Asheville, North Carolina to see my brother and visit the Biltmore House, which was decorated for Christmas.

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We had a great time visiting with family and friends. There is always something left on the list to be done or visited for next time. Just this past Saturday we drove (the car adorned with colored Christmas lights including the dog, fish and 2 rowdy kids) straight through 7 states.

Now that we are back to our "New Home" in North Carolina, it is time to look back on how God has richly blessed us in the past year.

2015 Top 10 Favorite Posts
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Garden Totals

What a year...
Having moved to North Carolina and completely missing the chance to grow seedlings and not yet having a tilled garden... I am a little afraid to add up the garden totals this year.  Even though we reconditioned a 10' x 10' planting bed into a 12' x 24' garden, timing was limited due to the move in March and having to navigate a new planting zone. In Wisconsin, we left behind a tended raspberry bed that we loved and cared for, mulberry bushes, pear trees, apple trees, established asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb.

New to the garden this year was:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Tabasco Peppers
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Rosemary

Here is where we are coming from in garden totals:

   2014: 309 pounds
   2013: 433 pounds

2015 Totals

Beans - Green: 1.5 ounces (Don't know what went wrong. Grew well but no beans)
Cantaloupe: 6 pounds
Corn - Sweet: 7 pounds 4.9 ounces
Cucumber: 14 pounds 2.9 ounces
Lettuce: 27 pounds
Mint: 0.2 ounces (Minimal picking as is new, let grow)
Oregano: Let establish this year
Pepper - Banana: 2 pounds 0.4 ounces
Pepper - Bell: 1 pound 5.3 ounces
Pepper - Jalapeño: 3 pounds 0.1 ounces
Pepper - Tabasco: 1 pound 0.7 ounces
Popcorn: 2 pounds 12.1 ounces
Pumpkin: 1 pound 1.1 ounce (From a small plant that came home from school)
Pumpkin - Mini: 8 pounds 3.5 ounces
Raspberry: 2.9 ounces (Hopeful for this year after some seriously needed pruning)
Rosemary: Finally!!! Let grow to establish
Tomato: 59 pounds 3.3 ounces
Watermelon: 41 pounds 2.8 ounces

Total Weight Harvested in 2015... 173 pounds 8.5 ounces

Now to plan for this coming year's garden! :)