Thursday, January 5, 2012
2011 HARVEST TALLY AND REVIEW
Whew, what a year it has been...
We moved to beautiful open-spaced Agoura Hills with its breath-taking surroundings, started a homestead and while doing so, took the whole house and garden apart and have been working on restoring it our way.
Yep, lots of inbetweens and corrections and learning curve here.
We built raised beds, trellises, duck and chicken houses, terraced the backyard, moved the pond, installed rainwater collecting wine barrels, transplanted many of the original landscape and gave most of it away (good riddens to all those ornamentals), while seeding and planting edibles all over the place.
We hatched chickens, raised ducklings and said chickens, became beekeepers, gave away some chickens and sadly lost our hive to mites.
We learnt a lot of things from our mistakes and some of the things I am def going to bare in mind for 2012 is to start mite-preventing earlier and obvously it helps for us to understand our weather patterns a bit better these days to prevent some of the dramatic edible losses we had.
Here is our harvest tally for 2011:
346.5 lbs of produce, 314 duck eggs and 82 chicken eggs.
And I haven't even weighed the beeswax yet but assume its another 10 lbs.
Not bad for a regular sized city lot and only 4 young birdies, huh?
"Nature never says one thing and wisdom another." Decimus Junius Juvenalis