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2012 Garden and SariaWith this years gardening season done and everything pretty much put to rest for the winter, we took some time to reflect on the lessons learned this summer.

It's hard to think of everything after the fact, so the bonus lesson learned is we'll be keeping a good weekly journal next year to note yeilds, planting dates to harvest dates, anomalies, surprises, weather, etc...

So that being said here are the 18 Gardening Lessons of 2012...

  1. Grow Roma Tomatoes for Sauces & Bottling
  2. Grow only a few Beefsteak Tomatoes for sandwiches
  3. Grow more Cherry Tomatoes for salads
  4. One Pack of Beets will make approx 12 Pints so double next year
  5. Grow Carrots!!  Don't tell anyone about the wind blown carrot patch throughout the garden ;o)
  6. Space Oregon Snow Peas every 2 weeks & make solid stands for them
  7. One Pack of Zucchini is more then enough!
  8. Need to build Grow Domes for Peppers & Jalopeneos
  9. One Pack of Cabbage is enough, space 2 weeks
  10. Grow both Yellow & Green Beans for bottling, not just Green Beans
  11. Grow 1 pack of eating cuccumbers, space 2 wks.
  12. Grow pickling cucumbers for bread & butter pickles
  13. Succession Planting techniques for Spinach & Lettuces
  14. *** Buy Heirloom Seeds & Learn to Save Seeds ***
  15. Grow Pumpkins in their own patch at the back
  16. Make Hardy Tomato Stands
  17. Continue with Three Sisters planting (Corn, Pole Beans, Squash).. excellent results!
  18. Research, Plan, Learn Some More... Do It All Again!  Can't wait for Spring!

I think the biggest improvement we can do is have a solid plan for the coming spring now that we have a better idea on yeilds for canning, including a good journal.  We kind of knew how much we got with the experience over the last 4 years, but this year was the first year we planted for canning and preserving, so we learned a bit more on what we need to grow next year to eat fresh and put up for the winter.

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