Of all the years, this was not the best one to start a CSA to sell my surplus vegetables.
It wasn’t a bad year, weather-wise. In point of fact, this year was fairly normal…being just a touch hotter and drier than what I have come to expect. So I can’t blame the weather for my lack of planning. Indeed, this lack of planning? It is 100% on me. I have been a GARDEN SLACKER.
You see, normally I am a succession-planting fool. “No Earth Unplanted, Ever” is the m.o. that I have worked under for years. Likewise, I rapidly pull and replant areas where harvests wind down (lettuce out, bush beans in; beans out, broccoli in is the pattern for a typical bed). But this year, because of my goat-y and oven-based distractions, the garden has suffered an amazing lack of attention by yours truly.
One of two. Last year, I think I had 4 wheelbarrows’ worth.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been productive. Nope. Exhibit A: This year’s winter squash harvest.
I did not plant one seed of this. These are all volunteers from the compost. And yes: I was lucky: the Queensland Blue squash at the bottom left seems to have not been crossed with anything else; same too with a couple of kabochas buried in the ‘barrow. The monster pink banana squash though? They’re a bit…bigger than normal, so obviously there was some cucurbita hanky-panky going on. Not seen? Pumpkins, and zucchini, even more butternuts and more than a few mutts that did cross.
I do scratch my head and wonder what the point was to my spring plantings. I believe I had a notion that I should grow as many starch crops as possible, because, frankly, you plant potatoes in March and harvest them in October with nary a care in the months between. So I hope my CSA folks like potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as winter squash…there’ll be plenty to eat. There’s also a lot of leeks out there. I think I misread a label and planted out, instead of a flat of onion seedlings, one of leeks: I must need glasses. The seedlings aren’t THAT similar had I been paying attention.
Well. It will all work out in the end methinks, but if I am going to have paying customers, I probably should get more serious about this venture. Eeeks. This means I need to…plan.