Monday, July 6, 2009

garden of plenty

The harvests from the Edible Landscape are increasing and becoming more diverse. We've been picking lettuces and other salad greens for over a month and they just keep growing! The two varieties of kale have been harvested at least once a week since mid-June. And the chard is growing so quickly it's hard to keep up. Yesterday I harvested the first young, tender zucchini and pulled the first carrots. Summer squash is not far off, peppers are beginning to peek out from under their glossy leaves, the eggplant are blooming, the beans are climbing and the tomato plants are in full flower with a few green tomatoes here and there. Here's a look at some of the numbers so far.

Salad mix (incl. Red Oak and Emerald Oak Leaf lettuce, Little Gem lettuce, Arugula and Mizuna and Osaka Purple mustards) : over 29 pounds.
Dinosaur Kale: 4 pounds
True Siberian Kale: 12 pounds
Broccoli Raab: 6 pounds
Chard: 12 pounds
Zucchini: 1 pound
Carrots: 2 pounds

Along with various herbs the total harvest from the Edible Landscape since June 3 is just about 75 pounds. Part of my interest in this project is to demonstrate just how much food can be produced in a relatively small space. Granted, the Edible Landscape beds add up to about 1500 square feet, but much of that is covered with beneficial flowers. I am working on calculating the square footage of each crop, which will then help to show just how much you can get from a square foot of good soil. Stay tuned.

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