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Looking Forward to a Good 2011

By Paul Gardener


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A photo of Paul GardenerWhew, my word what a year 2010 was!

Between work obligations and health problems, trying to keep up with just the basics of our back yard farm was a real challenge. About half way through the year we honestly just threw our hands up and wrote the year off as a general loss. We did still manage to get a fairly decent harvest, but at only a little more than 400 pounds it was only half our best year, and a shadow of what we had hoped for.

Things have slowed (a bit) for us, and the wife and I are feeling a LOT better than we were this time last year. In the next few weeks I'm hoping to finish up a few chores that have been lingering over the winter, make some hard and fast plans for the garden for this year, and try to get some of our slower starting plants, like peppers and tomatoes, started indoors. I also really look forward to digging into GRIT's Food Garden Planner and putting it through it's paces for this year.

Of course we have lots of other plans for this year too, and a wishlist that's just too long to possibly all come to fruition, but that's the beauty of new years ... one can hope against hope for all the great things to come.

How are things going for you so far this year? Got any big plans? Any small ones? Looking forward to getting re-acquainted with the GRIT family readers again this year.

Here's to 2011!

nebraska dave
2/11/2011 7:44:15 PM

@Paul, I'm glad to see that you are back blogging again. I do know how life can get in the way of things. It sounds like you had a real difficult year. I hope that 2011 will be much better than last year. I have expanded my garden by two more 4X8 foot raised garden beds bringing the total to five. I will be growing more tomatoes, more cucumbers, the same amount of Yukon gold potatoes, more bell peppers, and for the first time ever a salad bed. I will be working on phase two of my watering system which is to install a fountain and stock the 1200 gallon supply tank with fish. Have a great garden planning day. I love the GRIT's Food Garden Planner too.


cindy murphy
2/10/2011 4:47:37 PM

Paul! Happy New Year! Best wishes for you and your family, and looking forward to seeing more of you here throughout 2011. Enjoy the day. Cindy