I was surprised on Friday to see a lone cucumber hanging from the cucumber vine, but not so surprised that I didn’t pick it. This week the harvest continues, but at a much slower pace. In the basket this week were 4.25 lbs. of tomatoes, an 8 oz. cuke, a small 2 oz. red onion, 6 oz. of sweet peppers, 4 oz. zucchini, 8 oz. of chard, and 13.5 oz. of broccoli. It was a nicely varied harvest, and there is more to come, with kale awaiting some frosty weather, some beets very slowly sizing up, greens getting a nice watering this weekend, and peppers ripening in the hoophouse.
This weeks’ harvest amounted to 6.84 lbs., bringing my yearly total to 381.21 lbs. valued at $1129.96. My expenses remained the same at $383.06, bringing the total value of my harvests to $746.90.
This is a far cry from the 641 lbs. I grew last year valued at over $1,200, but I feel like in general we grew the right amounts of fresh seasonal produce to meet our fresh eating needs, and for the most part enough produce for canning and freezing. Where we will notice the difference will be in storage veggies and leeks — my leeks are still pretty small. I hope to do a bit more analysis of the two seasons in a future post, and this analysis will also help me make the decisions about what we plant for next years’ unattended garden.
This post is part of Daphne’s Harvest Monday series on her blog Daphne’s Dandelions, where I am inspired by a terrific community of gardeners and gardens worldwide passionately growing their own food .