Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Month: January 2018

New Year, New Goals

Ahh,  the new year is upon us and it is time to ponder new goals for the new year.  We have gone over our wrap up from last year as far as eggs and the garden go.  But let’s take a look back at our 2017 goals (including a major goal) and see how we did.  Then after that, we’ll look into making a few new goals to tackle this year.
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Reviewing Last Year’s Garden

As we did last year, it is good to look back and see just how the garden did.  You can check out our 2016 garden recap, but we will be looking into the 2017 garden to see how we did.  As you can note from last year, we did much better on the simple fact that we kept better notes.

This year we drafted up some sheets to let us easily note down what we harvested and how much.  The thing is that we counted and looking back on it,  I’m not sure if that was the best way to go about it.  For the 2018 garden, I’m thinking that we might want to switch over to a system that records the weight of the produce that we bring in.

2017 Garden Totals

Garden18 Zucchini

25 Yellow Summer Squash

3 Acorn Squash

9 Patty Pan Squash

6 Radishes

2 Colanders of Beans

11 Garlic Bulbs

1 Cucumber

69 Peppers

353 Tomatoes

6 Sweet Potatoes

Garden83 Purple Potatoes

45 Yellow Potatoes

9 Potatoes (We didn’t note down the type)

12 Beets

13 Carrots

2 Bunches of Peanuts

13 Turnips


Plus a decent amount of basil, mint, catnip and salad greens.


Snowy GardenNow, I know for a fact that the list above is incomplete.  Yes, I think I only got 1 cucumber, but I picked more than 6 radishes, I know that there was some broccoli, but my notes are incomplete.  I had both bell peppers and little sweet peppers and I didn’t note the differences.  However, seeing as how last January I sat down and was like, well, gee we grew a lot of corn, we have improved.

This year we fought squash bugs again as well as some potato beetles. The biggest best was some kind of bug on our corn.  We ended up losing all the corn that had been planted.  That was rather a sad loss.  By the time that our butternut squash was coming up the bugs chewed them to bits.  And for whatever reason, the pumpkin and watermelon just didn’t want to grow for me last year.

But as it goes, you just have to learn.  I’ll go over this year’s plans in a future piece, but the seed catalogs have begun to come in, so the planning has begun.

Last Year’s Egg Update

As we move into the New Year it is a good time to both look back at how things went last year and then make some plans on how to improve in the coming year.  Let’s start off with how the birds have faired in our first year of having ducks and chickens.
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Happy New Year’s!!