I have my harvest totals for onions and garlic. I did not lose any garlic to rot and it is now dried. I have 10.1 pounds of it. I am setting aside 4 heads of elephant garlic to replant. I only planted one last year, so I want to have a good amount to plant this year. That leaves me with 3 to use, one of which I had already used (but recorded the weight of). The ones I am using soon or did use had split their skins and would not store until planting time.
As for the Music garlic, I will replant half of that, which will be double what I planted last year. And I won't have to pay for any garlic to plant at all. I did have a couple head of garlic where the cloves split the skins as well, so those will get used up first. So anyway, next year I will spend $0 on the garlic I will plant. I don't remember what I paid this year, but it was far, far too much. But I figured it was a one time investment. Music is a hard variety to come by, but it is supposed to be the best, both in flavor and long-term storage.
I will dehydrate some of the garlic for making garlic powder as needed, but most of what I keep will be stored in a bag in a cool, dark cupboard. It will last quite a while. I don't fancy paying $1 for a head of garlic. If anything starts to sprout I will dice what's left up and dehydrate it.
As for the onions I got 50.3 pounds of a yellow keeping onions, 30.6 pounds of a red keeping onions, and 20.1 pounds of Walla Walls sweet onions. So a grand total of 101 pounds of onions. I lost one yellow keeping onion to rot, so didn't count it in the total weight. It was a small one and weighed .4 lb and was trying to grow a baby onion off its root system.
This year I spent $10.89 on 4 4 inch pots of itty bitty onion plants. Next year I'm going to order seed and grow my own onion plants. It won't be that much of a savings this year, but the packets will have enough for the following year as well, so that year will be free. And that way I can get the Candy sweet onions instead of the Walla Wallas. The Candys are better, even if the Walla Wallas are pretty darn good.
Our onions will take six weeks to dry, with a trim down to about one inch of stem at the 3 week mark and then I can bag up and store the two types of keeping onions and they should store for 6 to 8 months. As for the Walla Walla, they won't store for very long, maybe 2 or 3 months, so I will mostly cut those up into strips and dices and freeze them.
I will dehydrate some of the yellow keeping onions so that I can grind them up for powder as I need them. If any of the keeping onions start to sprout it will be time to cut them up and freeze or dehydrate them as well. I am just not going to pay $1.39/lb for yellow onions, $1.59/lb for red onions, and $1.79/lb for sweet onions, so I will not waste one scrap. Any sprout can go into broth.
I picked my first two tomatoes yesterday. Between them they weigh one pound. I am going to keep a running count. I will be using them with one of my sweet onions to make some pico de gallo tomorrow. I think I will have some of those little yellow ones that look like pears ripe tomorrow and maybe a couple of paste ones. They were pretty close today. And the green beans are sprouting. So we will get a crop. The garden isn't a complete fail this year, even though everything got in so late.
We will still save a lot of money on food. Especially when the potatoes are ready. Potato prices are getting outrageous. I think I may try to sneak in a carrot crop. It would be cutting it close, but I have coldframes. With the raised beds they would survive the November freezes. I'm definitely sowing some radishes. They'll be grown before the first frost.
This fall, after we harvest the potatoes and pull the dead plants and weeds out, we will rototill lime in and then cover it in black plastic so we don't have weeds growing in there for the rest of the fall and as soon as it warms up in the spring. I don't know for sure if we will plant potatoes there in the spring again or not, but I want the ground prepared if we do. If you do grow potatoes in the same place every year and you don't use lime you can get black scab on your potatoes.
I figure we will get at least 120 pounds of potatoes this year since we expanded our potato plot. That's still not enough potatoes to get us through the year, but I'll buy some extra to can and we'll get there. Buying direct from a local farmer who charges less than the stores is our saving grace there.
Next spring we will be able to pick up all the black plastic we laid down in late July or early August and everything will be dead under there. We will be able to rototill everything flat and get started on making a proper fence to keep the deer out of the garden and also build two more raised beds, possibly three, spring weather permitting.
Before summer's over we need to take the deck off the front of the house and clean off the back porch. Maybe even organize the garage, but that can't be done until the onions are done drying, because the drying racks are in the way of pretty much everything.