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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How Much Does a Garden Grow: July 2014

The garden vaulted into production this month, with about 39 pounds of produce coming in, just over a pound a day.  This bounty almost obscures the fact that, compared to last year, we are about $100 behind last year's end-of-July tally. 

There are two reasons for the relative shortfall:
  • This has been one of the coldest, longest springs on record, extending well into summer.  I've always said I wish a June garden could last forever, and I almost got my wish this year. Most gardeners I know estimate that we are about three weeks behind normal this year, which means a lot of fruit set on the tomatoes but a delayed harvest overall.
  • We harvested an insane amount of cucumbers last year:  73 pounds, most of which came in July.  We are having a good cucumber year this year, but it is much more normal, at 21 pounds so far.
So what are our triumphs this month?  They are many.  We had one small seed expenditure, and a great deal of harvest.  In addition to the cucumbers, some notable totals YTD include:
  • Cuor di Bue tomato: 39 ounces
  • Box Car Willie tomato: 22 ounces
  • San Marzano tomato: 22 ounces
  • Super Sauce tomato: 8 ounces
  • Black Krim tomato: 7 ounces
  • Basil: 11 ounces
  • Zucchini: 140 ounces
  • Peas: 13.5 ounces
It's telling that I am still harvesting peas daily at the end of July/beginning of August, even though it should be far too warm for peas.  The tomatoes, too, are poised for a great August, since we have several varieties that have not yet begun to redden, plus the ones mentioned above are still producing.

So, while we are far from profitability yet, I'm pleased to have brought in 46 pounds of produce YTD with a retail value of $151.50.  Bring on August!

Cumulative Totals
Total Ounces Harvest: 743
Pounds: 46.4375

Total Value of Harvest: $151.50
Expenditures: -286.13

Total: $-134.63
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