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Goals Goals Goals

Earlier this year, my husband and I set down and set some goals for our homestead and garden. I thought it would be a good idea to go over the goals and how we did.

Let's jump right in.

#1 Grow and Preserve at least 50% of vegetables we will need in a year. I think we met this goal if not exceeded it!

What we did to make this happen?

  • We more than tripled our garden size.

  • I researched and planned how many plants of each vegetable to grow.

  • Soil test was done and soil amended. This made a HUGE difference in our tomato production!

  • Stayed on top of harvest and preservation. I spent hours in the kitchen canning, freezing and dehydrating vegetables. I hardly wasted any veggies this year!

What did extremely well?

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Winter squash

  • Tomatoes

  • Peppers

  • Corn

  • Green Beans

  • Cabbage

  • Garlic

  • Potatoes

  • Strawberries

  • Onions

  • Flint corn

  • Summer squash

  • Cucumbers

  • Salad greens

  • Herbs

#2 Plant more berry bushes

What we did to meet this goal?

  • We ordered 50 bare root blueberry bushes and planted those.

  • Planted a black raspberry bush

  • Transplanted as many blackberry canes we were gifted or able to find in our own patch.

What were the results?

  • NOT ONE blueberry plant survived. This was a huge disappointment and an expensive lesson. The nursery we bought the plants from didn't have a refund policy for their bulk on sale orders.

  • The blackberries did amazing but weeds took over the patch and the trellis system we had placed became more of a hindrance to harvesting the berries.

  • We had a very nice harvest of raspberries but it could have been better had we managed the patch better and not let every single plant mature.

#3 Post on this blog at least once a week.

  • Well, I can tell you that this goal was not met! I got so busy with the gardens that I didn't have time or was too tired to make a post. I will TRY harder next year?

#4 Have a homestead pantry/root cellar

  • I think we did pretty good with this goal, what do you think?

  • Root cellar may not be an option for our area since our water table is so high.

#5 Make Compost!

  • Nope, this didn't happen either!

  • We started a compost pile in the chicken run last year but it just didn't heat up or break down. When we went to flip it, to our horror, we found several mice families living happily in the piles. We evacuated the mice and spread the compost material out in the chicken run. The chickens scratched and turned it for us and we were able to harvest several wheelbarrow full of amazing "compost" for our garden!

  • Honestly, I don't get the whole compost making process. I think I'll just pile things far away from the garden and let nature do its thing. Flipping compost piles is not my favorite activity.

#6 Finish painting the outside of our house.

  • This didn't happen either lol. Again, our garden took away so much of our time that we just couldn't spare.

  • We are going to do the smart thing and hire a professional to finish the project :)

We met 2 out of 6 goals.

I could look at it and say that's 33% of the goals met. This would make me feel like a failure.

Instead I'm going to take this year as a huge success. We grew 50% of the vegetables we will eat in a year! This was no small task.

Instead of being discouraged from setting future goals, this years goals have energized me to set even more bolder goals for next year! I mean what do I have to lose?

Happy New year everyone!

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