This year we have done the best yet, but we've had help from our dear friend Miss Judy who started a few more plants in her cold frame (article 2) than she was able to use. Her generosity became a successive planting of cabbages, cucumber, kale and lettuces - what a treat!
We didn't have all our beds planted with our desired crops when we were given the starts because we had been planting different beds as time allowed, since April. This was some substantial work as we let the garden go fallow last year (with the exception of Jr. Farmer's plots), enjoying only those plants that grew on their own. Consequently, the beds were full of plants we didn't need or want. I hesitate to say weeds because we ended up using so much. Thankfully we had a lot of native amaranth (pig weed), chickweed, dock, clover, lambs quarters, and thistles in the beds that were harvested as food for Miss Dixie, the sheep, and rabbits. Yes, we were surprised to learn how much the sheep love thistle! Other beds were full to the brim with either mint or Chinese lantern that had grown to jungle thickness. It is no small task to get all the roots and plant matter with those! We were blessed to be able to give a LOT of plants away, but found ourselves transplanting a number of lemon balm bushes too. We are still finding and removing errant plants, not to mention the weeding...
Another point to remember, once you pick your produce, it starts losing nutritional value so the better prepared you are to use it for a meal or preservation, the more value your bodies will glean when consumed.
We hope this encourages you to get out and get your hands dirty with some gardening delights. Have a great time and let us know if you have some especially spectacular experiences!
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Psalm 128: 1-2