Ask Wally

 

It can be hard setting parameters for yourself, with respect to crops that you grow. Especially now when seed catalogs tempt you with all kinds of enticing promises and pictures.

But once you have grown for a few years, you start developing a list, quite often only in your mind, of crops that are not working out for you. It could be because you can’t grow them, or you can’t sell them.  At some point it is a good idea to actually write down on paper your no-grow list. It makes you think and get real with yourself. And it keeps you on track with your seed budget.

After some soul searching this winter, here is my no-grow list for this year.

> Bell peppers. Test marketed in 20’. Demand is not strong. Low profitability for me.

> Hot chili peppers. Test marketed in 20’. No market for them.

> Brassicas: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale. All have strong market demand. But too many problems with insects over the years.  Not easily remedied, and the effort is just not worth it

Notice that two of these no-grow crops were based on last year’s test marketing. It really does pay to look at test growing/marketing before you get too deep into a new crop.

Painful those these decisions were, here’s what is always predictable about farming:  excitement over your grow list for the coming year. I’ll share that next.  One last tip:

> Do your no-grow list before your grow list. That way you’ll have set boundaries that will  focus you on the crops that have the best payback for you.

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