It’s nearing the end of the summer and I’m wondering just how much has my garden produced after all the blood, sweat & tears (and water and money) I’ve poured into it. So far, the results have been pretty good (see below). It’s not done producing yet, though it does appear that some of the plants are nearing their end already.
Below are my harvest totals as of 8/15/2010. I tried my best to keep track (even made a spreadsheet) but I’m sure I missed some of the pickings so it’s safe to assume the actual harvest is slightly larger.
I’m going to do some research as to actual cost of these items if I were to buy them in a store or at the farmer’s market and in a future post will total and compare with what we spent on building and planting the garden with the yields and what it would have cost to purchase all this organic produce.
Tomatoes* (7 plants, different varieties): 60 lbs Green Zucchini (1 plant): 29 lbs Yellow Squash (2 plants): 15 lbs Globe Eggplant (6 plants): 8.5 lbs Japanese Eggplant (2 plants): 8.5 lbs Japanese Cucumber (died): 1.75 lb Basil(12 plants plus seedlings): 4.25 lbs Misc Herbs: 1.5 lbs
Other items planted but died; lemon cucumbers, peas, bell peppers, potatoes. Total: 129 lbs of organic produce
So what did I do with 129 lbs of vegetables? Ate some, gave some away, and preserved some in the way of freezing marinara sauce (about 2 gallons), ratatouille (about a gallon), pesto (6 cups), and zucchini (5 lbs). I was determined to have as little waste as possible and any waste there was went back into the compost bin.
*The tomato results have been mixed, depending on variety
Celebrity-Good performer, lots of fruit, just now putting out a second set
Champion -“Ok”, not as good as Champion
Yellow Boy-Disappointing, lots of leaves, but then all the fruit was very small and got blossom end rot.
Green Zebra-Small but very tasty tomatoes. Disconcerting color to some, but I like them.
Roma-Very small tomatoes, just a step above a large cherry
Black Russian-Disappointing yield
Brandywine-Amazing. Giant plant with many huge, pinkish tomatoes. Wonderful tasting too.
What do you think? Is the time and expense worth it or would it just be easier to go buy the produce as needed?