2013 was a good year for my Phokeng garden. We had some bumper crops, a few moderately good crops, and some major disasters.
|I want to increase the veggies/flowers/herbs mix in beds; move towards potager|
|Tomatoes were sweet, with less acidity|
Spinach, chard, onions, parsley, thyme and chillie were also among my crops of the year from Autumn in 2013 through the summer.
We still have enough spinach and chilli to give to family and friends and sell to the locals.
The money goes towards buying seed. I also haven't bought herbs in a year, using dried herbs from the garden when they are not in season.
We're trying again in 2014, but this time, we're going to plant seedlings in the ornamental garden in front of the house, where there are a lot of trees and shade, so that they can hopefully stay cool enough to fruit properly.
|pumpkin, butternut, squash, watermelon, cucumber run amok|
We also established that the family doesn't like eggplant, turnips and radishes, so I won't be planting those three again.
Quantity and variety
Now that the infrastructure work is mostly done in the garden, I'm going to spend more time and money planting the garden up as tightly as possible. This will ensure I increase the quantity of vegetables I get, but also the variety of veggies I grow.
My vegetable selection is based on whether the family will eat it without complaint, as well as the ease of propagating it. Then there's vegetables and herbs I just find interesting.
I am looking forward to 2014. It feels like the prep time is mostly over and we can now focus on growing as much food as possible. I'm also leaning towards transforming it into a potager, with herbs, flowers, veggies and fruit growing happily alongside each other.
Wish me luck!