We grew Zucchini that was over 16 inches long (Delicious zucchini bread, stir fry and zoodles from the big ones)
|BLACK BEAUTY ZUCCHINI|
We also grew Turnips that were almost 5 pounds!
|PURPLE TOP WHITEGLOBE TURNIP|
*Most were about 1-2 pounds*
Our Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard became famous when it grew over 5 feet tall. This isn't a normal size for swiss chard. I let it grow to let it bolt and give me seeds
Mary's Heirloom Seeds now offers almost 500 varieties of heirloom seeds but today we're going to share with you about an OLD variety that can grow 20 pounds each.
Red Mammoth Mangel Beets produce an incredible mass of edible beet leaves and a large root up to 20 pounds or more in size! These beets prefer deeply tilled, free draining, sandy soil to achieve full size. Simply allow your animals to graze on the tops, cut the tops for feeding or harvest the root.
Fodder beets have been around since the 1400s if not earlier. These beets were prized as nutritious animal feed that was easy to store. Fodder beets are hardy, adaptable and palatable. They are ideal for planting in late summer for use as a winter and spring crop.
|Early harvested (smaller) Red Mammoth Mangel Beet|
From my article In Times of Uncertainty, Grow and save,
Planning for the future is important. In the words of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), "Hope for the Best. Plan for the worst." While we cannot predict the loss of income, unexpected medical bills or car repairs, we should plan ahead and prepare the best we can.
You might also enjoy reading my article You Don't Need a Farm to Grow Food
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