My first ever crop report (from Portland, OR)
I was intrigued and then excited about using SFG when I was doing research on how to start a small "garden in 'da hood." I am thrilled with my first attempt! We built 4 boxes: one 3x8, one 2x3, one 6x2, one 6x5. The 6x5 is a little hard to work with, I'm short and can't stretch that far! I also took out the 6x2 after rearranging my planting grid for next season. I am growing for a family of two and started everything from Ed Hume seeds, outdoors.
I used Mels book for the box building, soil recipe, watering, and plant spacing; the Farmers Almanac for planting dates; and the local extension service for pest, and other local, information. I had no pest problems except for squirrels and bird netting solved that.
Scallions, green onions, Evergreen White Bunching - grew great. I planted 4 squares a week apart. I think I'll add two more squares, they were yummy.
White onions, Walla Walla sweets, were very small, I'm sure that I harvested them too soon - mid August - will wait longer next year. I planted 4 squares a week apart which was fine.
Red onion, Red Globe, same as white onions above.
Leaf lettuce, Salad Bowl, planted too much! Will plant four plants per square, 3 weeks apart, 4 squares.
Perpetual spinach, Green Leaf Chard, planted too much also - it bolted before I could use it all! Will plant 4 plants per square, 3 weeks apart, 4 squares.
Carrots: I planted 4 types. They all grew great. The taste testing was fun. We decided that Ingot, Hybrid, Long Nantes Type and the Imperator tasted and grew best so we'll plant those again. Planted 4 squares and will add two more squares next year. I am going to experiment with a winter crop.
Squash: Buttercup, Burgess, one grew and tasted yummy, one started growing and rotted off. Two 8' runners grew out into the yard and I think that the root growth couldn't/ wasn't/isn't sufficient for them. I cut them off at about 3 feet and they died. There are two more smaller runners going that have 3 blossoms each so we are hoping they produce.
Zucchini! lol. I wanted 4 plants but my boyfriend talked me into settling for 1 which is perfect - a sqaush a week is fine.
Bush Acorn, Table King - I planted one, it has 5 blossoms that are growing nicely. Should be ready end of October.
Green beans, Blue Lake Pole - I planted 2 hills of 5 beans each. They are growing great! They are growing up a nylon netting attached to a fence that is a foot behind the box. We have fresh beans every day or two.
What didn't work: Broccoli, a lettuce mix, Jalapeno, green bell pepper, Sandia Sugar Baby watermelon.
I'll try again with started peppers next season. Probably won't bother with broccoli or watermelon. Just didn't like the lettuce mix.
I also put 2 raspberry plants in the ground that are doing great.
I planted 3 types of tomatoes in Mels Mix in pots that will be a source of more experimentation! :) The Sun Gold cherry type did ok - one good crop. The San Marzano and Bonny Best types did not. They were all organic starts. I'm going to try the regular old "Fred Meyer specials" next year.
I have more experimenting to do. I am very happy with what has been produced so far. Everything has looked and tasted good. I did one fertilization about mid-season with Alaska Fish Fertilizer.
Kind of a long post but I hope it helps someone. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I am always looking for ways to improve my garden.