The garden became profitable on August 9, and some highlights as of the end of August include:
- The San Marzano tomato has given us 188 ounces (11.75 pounds) of fruit, for a retail value of $52.64. Likewise, the Cuor di Bue tomato has given us 184 ounces (11.5 pounds) of fruit for a total retail value of $51.52. That's over $100 of fruit from just two plants.
- The Steakhouse tomato started bearing fruit later than these transplants from Tennessee, but by the end of August we had harvested 146 ounces (9.125 pounds) or a retail value of $40.88. My continual favorite, the Black Krim, has given us 64 ounces (4 pounds) of fruit so far, for a value of $17.92. Since I believe the tomatoes are actually running about three weeks behind schedule, I'm hoping I can keep them going into September, because there's a lot of great green fruit out therre.
- For those who believe volunteer tomatoes never yield anything, I submit my harvest as of the end of August: I've gotten 35 ounces (2.1875 pounds) of fruit for a retail value of $9.80 off of my volunteers. All of them seem to be bearing fruit late, so I expect this total to really pop in September barring an early freeze.
- We've harvested over 16 pounds of butternut squash, for a value of $51.40.
- Cucumbers and zucchini have nearly finished up at lower totals than last year's spectacular harvest: 625 ounces (over 39 pounds) of cucumbers for a value of $100, and 255 ounces (nearly 16 pounds) of zucchini for a value of $53.55.
However, in spite of the good performance, we are nearly $100 behind last year's tally for this time. Let's hope a strong September brings us back up to par! I'd love to have my garden savings top $500 this year, but only time will tell.