I have compiled all of the information and weigh-in totals for the produce harvested from the garden for the 2011 season. I actually thought this information may have been incomplete up to yesterday – because I had to uncover the patio bed. I had several lettuce plants still alive under a floating row cover. I find it very amazing that the plants were able to sustain temperatures under 20 degrees under a floating row cover. However, when I uncovered them yesterday, I discovered that only a few plants remained out of the 10 or so that were planted.
Germination Data for 2011
Below is the information for seed germination for each variety that was planted. I went through the garden journal and tallied up all of the seeds planted – within the best of my abilities from the notes I left – and formulated this information.
The “Type/Planting” column indicates the variety of produce that was planted. The “Total Planted” column indicates how many seeds of each were planted over the year. The “Total Germinated” column provides the total of seeds that germinated. The “Percent” column is the percentage of seeds that germinated out of those that were planted. “Total Days” was formulated based on my journal indicating when the seeds germinated, how many germinated on that day, and how many days away from sowing. Lastly, the “Average Days” indicates the average number of days until germination for that variety – which is the total days divided by the total germinated.
|Type/Planting||Total Planted||Total Germinated||Percent||Total Days||Average Days|
|Best Boy Tomatoes||9||5||55.56%||52||10.40|
|Red Cherry Tomatoes||8||7||87.50%||62||8.86|
|Anaheim Hot Peppers||8||3||37.50%||67||22.33|
|California Wonder Peppers||32||18||56.25%||371||20.61|
|Red Salad Bowl||44||19||43.18%||100||5.26|
|New Red Fire||44||27||61.36%||147||5.44|
|Snow Crown Cauliflower||10||10||100.00%||59||5.90|
|Premium Crop Broccoli||10||8||80.00%||57||7.13|
|Green Goliath Broccoli||10||8||80.00%||58||7.25|
|Cascadia Snap Pea||334||142||42.51%||2782||19.59|
|Scarlet Nantes Carrots||260||150||57.69%||1808||12.05|
|Easter Egg Radishes||188||151||80.32%||818||5.42|
|Crimson Sweet Watermelon||8||6||75.00%||80||13.33|
|Yukon Gold Potatoes||54||51||94.44%||1349||26.45|
|Bush Blue Lake 274||399||196||49.12%||1233||6.29|
|Honey Treat Corn||184||69||37.50%||474||6.87|
|H-19 Little Leaf Cucumbers||3||3||100.00%||24||8.00|
Last year I went through and did a comparison of each of the types of veggies and their product over the last year. That took a considerable amount of time to do – so I’m going to do a simpler compilation.
- A total of 24 pounds, 8 3/4 ounces of Ventura Celery was harvested
- 11 total plants were harvested – with an average weight of 2.2 pounds each
- A total of 33 pounds, 8 5/8 ounces of Copra Onions were harvested
- Approximately 132 Copra onions were harvested with an average weight of just over 4 ounces each
- The onions were crowed in closer together this year – which is why the average weight is less. Onions are also put in the back garden in the holes of the cinder blocks – and the onions simply do not produce well back there – but I’m making use of otherwise wasted space.
- A total of 10 pounds, 4 3/8 ounces of Varsity Onions were harvested
- Approximately 20 Varsity onions were harvested with an average weight of 8.2 ounces each
- Size were TWICE the size – on average – than the Copra onions. But, the Varsity onions were spread further apart allowing for more growth and were placed in full-sun areas.
Best Boy Tomatoes
- The tomato plants were set out too early this year – and had to be dug up and placed in gallon containers.. They were left outside and the deer killed most of them – but two managed to come back and were planted later. This caused results to be less for the year.
- A total of 15 pounds, 2 5/8 ounces of Best Boy tomatoes were harvested
- Two plants were planted – with an average of 7.5 pounds of tomatoes from each plant
- Approximately 34 total Best Boy tomatoes were harvested – with an average weight of 7.1 ounces each
Better Boy Tomatoes
- Better Boy tomato plants were purchased from the store this year because the Best Boy tomato plants were mostly taken out by the deer.
- A total of 92 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces of Better Boy tomatoes were harvested
- Four Better Boy tomato plants were sown – with an average of 23 pounds harvested from each plant
- Approximately 237 Better Boy tomatoes were harvested – with an average weight of 6.2 ounces each
- A total of 62 pounds, 13 1/4 ounces of Roma tomatoes were harvested
- Four plants were sown – with an average of 15.7 pounds of tomatoes from each plant
- Approximately 572 Roma tomatoes were harvested with an average weight of 1.76 ounces each
Red Cherry Tomatoes
- A total of 7 pounds, 15 3/8 ounces of Red Cherry tomatoes were harvested
- Only one plant was sown
Anaheim Hot Peppers
- A total of 3 pounds, 4 5/8 ounces of Anaheim Hot Peppers were harvested
- Two plants were sown with an average of 1.6 pounds per plant
- Approximately 59 Anaheim Hot Peppers were harvested with an average weight of 0.90 ounces each
- The plant put on a lot of vegetative growth – but the results were less than desirable. The peppers were not hot at all and defeated the purpose of trying this variety. This variety most likely will not be planted again.
California Wonder Peppers
- A total of 10 pounds, 9 3/4 ounces of California Wonder peppers were harvested
- 8 plants were planted – but three died off early – leaving 5 plants with an average of 2.1 pounds harvested per plant
- Approximately 66 total California Wonder peppers were harvested with an average weight of 2.58 ounces per pepper
- Other gardeners this year noted that this was a bad year for peppers. That certainly was the case for us as well – with over 44 pounds last year down to 10 pounds this year
Red Salad Bowl Lettuce
- A total of 3 pounds, 15 7/8 ounces of Red Salad Bowl lettuce was harvested over the year
- Approximately seven Red Salad Bowl plants were sown – with an average weight of 9.1 ounces each
- Red Salad Bowl lettuce is very nice to add to salads to give it color
- Approximately 4 pounds, 5 5/8 ounces of Buttercrunch lettuce was harvested
- Approximately eight plants were sown with an average of 8.75 ounces from each
- Yields of Buttercrunch are not all that great – and it is a more delicate variety to keep happy. Debating whether Buttercrunch will be planted next year.
Simspon Elite Lettuce
- A total of 6 pounds, 12 1/4 ounces of Simpson Elite lettuce was harvested
- Approximately 10 plants were sown with an average of 10.8 ounces from each plant
- Simpson Elite continues to impress and will be one of the varieties grown for years to come. High producer and it seems like it can withstand the lower and higher temperatures better than the rest
New Red Fire Lettuce
- A total of 5 pounds, 8 3/8 ounces of New Red Fire lettuce was harvested
- Approximately seven plants were sown with an average of 12.5 ounces from each plant
- New Red Fire was a new variety planted this year and has really proven itself. The colorful leaves make for a nice contrast in salads and the leaves are exceptionally large with a great yield.
Parris Island Romaine Lettuce
- A total of 3 pounds, 11 1/4 ounces of Parris Island Romaine Lettuce was harvested
- Approximately seven plants were harvested with an average of 8.4 ounces each
- Parris Island is a vertical-growing romaine lettuce and is also picky. There were at least 12 planted but only seven could be harvested as the others bolted and were unusable because of the hot weather.
- Parris Island does not store very long in storage with a shelf life of maybe a little more than a week. All other lettuce varieties seemed to last at least two or more weeks
Snow Crown Cauliflower
- A total of 11 pounds, 7 3/8 ounces of Snow Crown Cauliflower were harvested
- Eight Snow Crown Cauliflower were harvested with an average weight of 1.43 pounds each
- Snow Crown cauliflower did very well – much better than when I first tried growing cauliflower with the Snowball X variety planted a few years back
Premium Crop Broccoli
- A total of 6 pounds, 6 5/8 ounces of Premium Crop broccoli were harvested
- Seven total plants were harvested with an average weight of 14.7 ounces
- A total of 10 plants were planted – but yields were greatly reduced because they were planted in a partial sunny area and spaced 12 inches apart.
Green Goliath Broccoli
(no picture this year)
- A total of 4 pounds, 12 3/8 ounces of Green Goliath broccoli were harvested
- Harvested from two plants with an average of 2.3 pounds each
- A total of 10 plants were planted but only two yielded. They were planted too close together and in a partial sunny area.
Cascadia Snap Peas
- A total of 10 pounds, 12 1/8 ounces of Cascadia Snap Peas were harvested
- Approximately 142 total vines were harvested with an average of 1.2 ounces of peas from each
- Cascadia Snap Peas is the winner in the pea variety. This variety is sweet and the pods are edible. The pods can be large and plump instead of needing to be picked before the peas get large
- A total of 9 pounds, 11 3/8 ounces of Sugarsnax carrots were harvested
- Approximately 122 were harvested with an average weight of 1.3 ounces
- Sugarsnax was put to the test this year against Scarlet Nantes. Sugarsnax wins based on taste, color, and yield. Sugarsnax is about four times as expensive as Scarlet Nantes
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
- A total of 7 pounds, 11 ounces of Scarlet Nantes carrots were harvested
- Approximately 110 were harvested with an average weight of 1.1 ounces each
Easter Egg Radishes
- A total of 2 pounds, 9 1/4 ounces of Easter Egg Radishes were harvested
- Approximately 57 were harvested with an average weight of 0.72 ounces each
- Easter Egg radishes are my chosen radish choice with the variety of colors and good yields
Crimson Sweet Watermelon
- A total of 74 pounds, 14 7/8 ounces of Crimson Sweet Watermelon were harvested
- Six watermelon were collected from three plants – with an average weight of 12.5 pounds each
- First year growing watermelon and Crimson Sweet did a great job. It does have a lot of seeds, however.
- A total of 35 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces of Kennebec potatoes were harvested
- Approximately 82 plants were harvested with an average of 6.8 ounces each
- Very bad yields this year compared to last year. Plants were planted 8 inches apart instead of 12 inches apart like last year. Smaller seed potatoes were selected this year and planted whole.
Yukon Gold Potatoes
(no picture this year)
- A total of 15 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces of Yukon Gold potatoes were harvested
- Approximately 51 plants were harvested with an average of 4.84 ounces each
- Most likely will not plant Yukon Gold potatoes again. Yields are less than Kennebec and we did not notice any difference in taste quality.
Bush Blue Lake 274 Green Beans
- A total of 26 pounds, 2 5/8 ounces of Bush Blue Lake 274 green beans were harvested
- Do not have a total yield per plant because 196 total plants were recorded to have sprouted – but many of them were planted too late or were pulled out
- Bush Blue Lake 274 green bean is the ‘standard’ in green bean production. This was planted a few years back with good results. While the results didn’t meet those from a few years ago, it grealy surpassed the yield from last year when using Greencrop green beans.
Honey Treat Corn
- A total of 14 pounds, 11 5/8 ounces of Honey Treat corn were harvested
- Approximately 33 ears of corn were harvested averaging 7.12 ounces each
- Honey Treat corn is a very sweeet yellow variety corn that I’ll grow until I run out of seed. The seed is no longer produced so I bought a large bag of it in 2011. The germination rate wasn’t all that great – most likely because it wasn’t sown at the proper time. The yield would have been much higher – but the wildlife decimated the crops this year.
H-19 Little Leaf Pickling Cucumbers
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- A total of 11 pounds, 9 ounces of H-19 Little Leaf Pickling cucumbers were harvested
- A yield of 3.85 pounds from each of the three plants
- Approximately 42 cucumbers were harvested with an average weight of 4.4 ounces each
- This variety was chosen to try this year because it is an open-pollinated pickling cucumber – meaning you can save the seeds and get the true plant again
Burpee Pickler Cucumbers
(no picture this year)
- A total of 15 pounds, 5 1/2 ounces were harvested
- A yield of 7.66 pounds from each of the two plants
- Approximately 31 total cucumbers were harvested with an average weight of 7.9 ounces
- Many of the cucumbers harvested were way past their prime as they were not found in time. This caused a large skewing of these results
- A total of 12 pounds, 8 3/8 ounces of Tri-Star strawberries were harvested
- The yield of the strawberries have dropped by 50% this year. Plants were three years old and need to be cycled