Now that 2010 is in the history books, it’s time to take a look back and take stock of the fruits of our urban homesteading efforts in 2010.
I diligently weigh our produce when we pick it. This is mostly so I can know how our yields are progressing each year and eventually determine the return on investment of the cashola we have put into our raised beds.
So, the grand total of our 2010 harvest is… (drumroll please)… 112.25 pounds. If you’d like the nitty gritty of the poundage for each crop and when it was harvested, you can see my 2010 tally sheet.
I think this is…meh. I think we can do a lot better. BUT, I have to continually remind myself that urban homesteading is a process and we have as much on our plates right now as we can possibly handle. I hope that doesn’t sound like an excuse.
My goal for 2010 was to just grow more than I had in 2009, and I accomplished that. In 2009 we grew about 70 lb of produce in one raised bed. In 2010 we had three raised beds by May, but we also had a very rainy and wet wet wet year, which meant that our tomatoes didn’t do very well. In 2009 tomatoes accounted for about 50 pounds of our total 70 pound yield. In 2010 we only yielded about 37 pounds of tomatoes, even though we had more plants than 2009. Urban homesteading means being tied to the land and the weather just like farmers are, and some years are better than others.
I am happy, though, that a bulk of our yield this year came from crops that we had never grown before, specifically strawberries and sweet potatoes.
2010 was a good learning year for us. Now I’m ready to do some serious growing in 2011.