This is an update on how I am doing with my resolve to collect as much food from the garden as possible (see the previous two posts at https://annisveggies.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/collecting-as-much-food-as-i-can-from-the-garden/ and https://annisveggies.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/collecting-as-much-food-as-i-can-from-the-garden-2/).
So far this year I have been able to collect 14 kg (31lb) of assorted veggies which breaks down as follows:
- Onion greens (three cornered leek, baby leeks, spring onions, wild garlic, chives and allium paradoxum) 244 g / 2%
- Green leaves to cook (assorted kales, wild beet) 2,716 g / 19%
- Salad leaves (land cress, lamb’s lettuce, wild rocket, self sown salad rocket and wood sorrel) 277 g / 2%
- Windfall apples, not collected in autumn but perfectly okay 381g / 3%
- Roots (Jerusalem artichoke, oca, skirret, beetroot and parsnip) 10,314g / 73%
- Others (dried beans from storage) 113 g / 1%
The picture below shows a whole variety of things growing in what I call “poly 1” – my first polyculture patch – including nine star perennial broccoli (back right), purple sprouting broccoli (left), garlic, wild beet, Babbington’s leek, sorrel, spinach and lamb’s lettuce. Some of the other things also planted here include field beans that are starting to appear and Jerusalem artichoke, Chinese artichoke, yams and skirret as yet still below ground.
This picture is of the new bed that I started in September last year (see https://annisveggies.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/creating-a-new-polyculture-bed/)
as you can see it is currently sporting field beans, baby leeks, newly emerging salad rocket (saved from last year’s seed) and bluebells that have always grown in this bed! It is certainly showing promise and is so much better than before I built the bed up higher.