A new year is a time for resolutions. I’ve never been a real big resolution maker and I’m even less of a resolution keeper. Every year I do try to set a few goals for myself, my business and for my garden. So here goes, Stoney Acres 2012 Gardening Goals:
- Grow 800 pounds of vegetables – This one is pretty lofty. If we can manage to match last year’s potato and onion totals we should be able to reach it. I plan on more tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and carrots this year than last. Add to that some pie pumpkins, a new type of squash and a new type of melon and we might have a chance.
- Grow 12 new crops – Included in the list are pickle cucumbers, Nevada lettuce, Crenshaw melons, pie pumpkins, shallots, blackberries, an heirloom tomato, Pat-a-pan squash, parsnips, leeks, sun sugar tomatoes and at least one new type of herb.
- Expand our current drip irrigation system to include our raised beds.
- Find a spot where we can add at least 50 new square feet of garden space.
- Plant one area of our garden with crops meant to be donated to our local food bank.
- Learn how to make and preserve cucumber pickles and pickled beets.
- Learn to grow micro greens and sprouts (more to come on this one soon).
Other things I’d like to do this year, but that are lower on the list include setting up a rain collection system and raising some chickens for meat. Both of those are pretty time consuming and I’m not sure I will get to them this year.
Well there you have it, my 2012 goals, the biggest being harvesting 800 pounds of veggies!! Wish me luck.