I need to plant a lot more sunflowers. They grow great, need little care and make a ridiculous amount of seeds to feed to the chickens. Simply break down the stalk, chop off the head and throw it in a bin to be shaken to release all the seeds. By using plants that grow shorter I could plant a lot more in the plots. Definitely do this next year.
Oats fall into this too. They grow well and make a great addition to the chicken coop. I threw the whole stalk in there with the oats still on them and the chickens had a grand time figuring out how to eat the oats off the stalks.
Peanuts are too much work. You can get most of the nuts when you pull up the plant but you still have to dig them and it’s really not worth it. But, if you wanted to grow some feed for pigs I think they would be great. The pigs could eat the tops and then root out the nuts and the high fat content would be good for them.
It is possible to plant too many green beans. For me, bush beans work better than pole beans.
Don’t waste space on tomatillos. They produce heavily and grow well, but we aren’t into them that much.
I didn’t miss tomatoes this year. It was a bad year anyway, but all the time I saved not slaving over the plants and canning them was better spent other ways. I’m going to just plant a few next year too so that I can use all that space and time on other things.
Don’t be afraid to pull up some squash plants. You don’t need as many as will sprout.
Sweet potatoes yield very well. Plant more plants in the future. 4 gallons from 2 plants is a good deal, especially when this year was cool even so I would expect they under-yielded compared to a normal summer. They were almost no maintenance even, I just kept them halfway weeded and then dug them up.
Plant peppers earlier in the spring so they will be bigger when they get outside. They are heavily loaded down now but don’t have time to get ripe before the frost. (I don’t like green peppers)