I'm growing half the pole beans I've grown in the past. It's not that I can't find a home for them all, it's that they are very time consuming to pick. With plans to do craft shows this summer, I don't have time to spend hours picking pole beans every three days. So I'm hoping this 4' long trellis of beans will spark the right balance between having yummy beans without devoting my life to the cause.
I'm also growing fewer tomatoes. Only 6 plants this year. I usually grow twice that, though I have to preface that comment. Every year for one reason or another, I've lost about 4 of my plants. So gambling that all 6 will do well this year (and early signs are positive), I will only be a couple plants short of what I've grown in the past. Again, trying to free up some of the time I spend harvesting in the summer.
I was smart this year and put netting over my pepper plants the minute they went in the ground. Last year, birds demolished most of them. I just took the netting off, as they are mature enough that the birds should leave them alone. I've already got a couple of them flowering. I'm growing the standard bells, and Lipstick, a small-sized sweet pepper.
Had good broccoli and cabbage this year. Though the main crowns have been harvested, I've got a few plants that are still producing side shoots. I'll leave them growing until the bugs take them over and the heat ruins them. I'm thinking I should have another 4 weeks with these. Then I'll have to find something to plant in this bed mid-summer. Still pondering that one! I might put a snow pea teepee here and go for late summer peas.
The shallots I planted in November are about 4 weeks from harvest.
These wine barrels have been three years of trial and failure. Tomatoes did not do well here. Neither did herbs. I think I've hit the jackpot with sunflowers.