Showing posts from January, 2022

Food production for 2021

  2021 pear harvest, a mix of nashi, cooking pears and sweet pears - grafted on the same tree Another tough year of the pandemic, but fruitful in the garden. There's always something productive to do in our backyard - with great rewards for effort. Production was down on the previous couple of years, with 470kg of produce in total on our 580m² block with a Garden Farming area of 387m² (land size, less roof area). This equates to a yield of 1.21kg/m² in a year that we recorded 712 mm of rain, significantly higher than the long term average (560mm).  We also harvested a couple of roosters and 251 eggs, down from 807 last year, as a fox outwitted us and decimated our flock in May. I choose not to get more chooks for a while, to see what sort of apple harvest we would get and find out what life is like without them. Apples will be harvested in 2022. Wooly aphids have infected one tree in particular, I haven't sprayed to see if the ladybird population would take care of them - not v