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My Garden Runneth Over

September 9th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

My garden is winding down. What with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, you can tell the growing season is coming to a close as the produce is considerably smaller.

But early on, i decided to track how much produce I harvested, in part to determine how worthy this undertaking was from a strictly financial standpoint.

Of course, I can't tell you how satisfying it is to walk down to the garden after a day's work and see what the day's pickings are. (Organic, of course, and noticeably more flavorful than store-bought veggies.)

So, without further ado, here's what I harvested this summer:

Enough lettuce for 2 large salads
Several servings of snap peas
3 zucchini (The zucchini rapidly got shaded out by everything else)
7 green peppers (Three plants)
33 cucumbers! (Just 1 or 2 vines)
108 tomatoes! (I had no more than 6 plants!)

I gave some produce away to family and friends. And when the tomatoes threatened to take over the kitchen, I chopped them up and froze them for later use this winter in soups and stews.

As for costs, I did sit down to calculate that as well. My expenses included seeds, tomato seedlings, deer netting, poultry fencing, wood stakes and Miracle Grow. I estimate all this came to about $50.

So, that's $50 for 108 tomatoes, 33 cukes and an assortment of other produce. I don't know what a tomato goes for in the summer, in the supermarket, but I think i came out ahead.

I'm planning a much larger garden next year to accommodate the same vegetables, plus more pepper plants and definitely string beans.




4 Responses to “My Garden Runneth Over”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    I'm in the same boat with my garden. I plant about 6 Roma tomato plants each year and have more produce than I can handle. This year I've picked about 30 pounds of tomatoes. I make mine into sauce, which we freeze. I also gave some to the neighbors, my mom, and sister. Ii am currently digging HUGE flower/ veggie beds around my house so they'll be ready for spring planting.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    This is my first year maintaining a garden. I am so in love with the freshness of the green beans and parsley. I am freaking out a little about how I'm going to use the cherry tomato abundance. Some tomato seeds found their way into the earth from last year so our side garden is a Tomato Vineland. Bad enough I have four "official" plants in the rear garden. Maybe I can submit them to food banks or Lettuce Link.

  3. debtfreeme Says:

    JJ retired from the continental congress rather than sign the Declaration.

  4. miclason Says:

    108 tomatoes!!! ... I paid $1 for 8 tiny ones last Saturday!...onions were 2 X $1

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