I hadn't put my accounting up before, but I think it is time. I've spent a lot of money on the garden already. It is typically how I spend. I think of what I need for the year and get it all at once. I like to buy from one company if I can because it saves on shipping. Or it does if you can remember everything you were going to buy and put it in. I failed miserably at that task this year.
My first order I talked about already. Seeds from Fedco at: $33.90. Then a couple of weeks later I ordered from Fedco Organic Growers Supply. If Fedco were a normal garden company I could have bought them together, but they aren't. They have several different branches of the co-op and you have to order from each one separately. From them I got:
- Buff Oats OG (hulless oats)
- Peas/Vetch/Oats mix for a cover crop
- Legume innoculant (works on beans, peas and vetch)
- Micro soil blocker
- 2" soil blocker
- Orchard netting
- 2 1/2 gallon sprayer (my old one broke last year after about 20 years)
This gave me a total of $170.80. $100 of that was a birthday present from my MIL and $50 was from a gift certificate I won from another gardening blog. Which gives me a total of $20.80 out of my pocket.
Now if you will notice I ordered two soil blockers and forgot to add in the part that lets you use them together (putting the micro block into the 2" block when potting up). Whoops! So much for buying things all at once. But GrafixMuse came to my rescue and told me about a 20% off coupon from Johnny's so I ordered it from them along with the two other things I forgot about.
- Soil blocker insert set
- Sluggo (trying it for the first time this year)
- Bt dust (for my winter moths in the spring that eat my blueberry flowers)
That added up to $26.03. Now if someone could just tell me how to put those inserts into my soil blocker I'd be all set. There were no instructions.
At my local hardware store they had a beautiful display of Blotanical Interest seeds. I still haven't gotten my onion seeds on backorder. So I picked up Ringmaster, which the seed packet claims is a storage onion but not nearly as long keeping as Varsity the one on backorder. Now my eye did get drawn to the tomatoes since they had a huge selection of great ones, but I resisted. I already have more tomato varieties than I can grow.
And speaking of seed I'd like to thank Miss M for the leek seed that showed up on my doorstep the other day. Yes I've been sent yet more seed. Where oh where will it all go. Resisting seed at the store is so much easier when you know you have too much at home. It is hard not too look though.
Now I still have to buy new tomato cages. I want some good ones that fold, so that is going to be a pretty penny. I've seen two types. Round ones that you can get 6' high or square ones at 32" which you can stack two high. Two square ones are more expensive than one round one so I'll probably go with round. To get twelve I'd need to spend $200. Ouch! I could always buy a roll or two of concrete reinforcing wire, like I've done in the past. It does get rusty fast. It doesn't fold at all so storage has always been in issue. If anyone has used either of the above, please let me know how you liked them.
So now onto the tally. Spent:
- Amortized Fence $60
- Fedco Seed $33.90
- Fedco Supply $20.80
- Johnny's $26.03
- Hardware store $1.89
Harvest in pounds: 2.2 oz
Harvest total: $0.21 (hey don't laugh!)
Yearly spent: $140.73
Yearly earned: $-140.52
Until things start coming in this time of the year is really pretty sad. I spend a lot and I won't harvest a thing until April (if I'm lucky, otherwise May).
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