2012 Garden Results and Notes

The garden this year started in mid April with a variety of tomatoes and peppers. I kept track of the incoming crop, took notes along the way, and tallied up the totals.

I planted a bunch of different tomatoes: Early Girl, Patio, Large Red Cherry, Better Boy, Big Boy, Roma, and Super Fantastic. I also planted seven different kinds of peppers: Big Bertha, Camelot, Golden Yellow, Orange, Red, Jalapeño, and Serrano.

The results are in. Here is what I brought in this season:

  • Red Cherry tomatoes: 145
  • Betty Boy tomatoes: 12
  • Big Boy tomatoes: 7
  • Roma tomatoes: 22
  • Rutger tomatoes: 16
  • Patio tomatoes: 34
  • Early Girl tomatoes: 58
  • Super Fantastic tomatoes: 3
  • Golden peppers: 6
  • Red peppers: 10
  • Orange peppers: 25
  • Yellow peppers: 14
  • Camelot peppers: 58
  • Big Bertha peppers: 58
  • Serrano peppers: 280
  • Jalepeño peppers: 143

We had a long week of several +100 degree days in early July that killed the majority of the tomato plants. Thankfully, the pepper plants survived and had a productive Fall. At the beginning of August, I planted Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Romaine Lettuce. I didn’t keep track of the Fall crop, but the Broccoli was successful and the Cauliflower is still growing. The lettuce started off great, but outgrew itself.  So that was a bad idea.

Some notes for the 2013 season:

  • Super Fantastic tomatoes aren’t that fantastic
  • Put the patio tomatoes in pots only
  • Move Roma’s to the back (replace Big Boy spots on row 11)
  • Less/no Big Boy’s (lost 5/8 plants)
  • More Rutgers (move closer to the front)
  • Camelot and Big Bertha’s were very successful

The full breakdown:

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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