It is days like this that I hate being a hostess of Harvest Monday. I harvested absolutely nothing from the garden this past week. It wasn't because there was nothing out there to harvest. Oh no. There is plenty of lettuce out there to eat and the Asian greens need to get picked. Early in the week we had my mother and MIL in town. We went out to eat a lot. We ate a lot of desserts especially ice cream. Oh all the food that we ate, but not from my garden. We did cook up some spinach one night, but it was from last Harvest Monday.
Then when they left, I was trying to eat up the leftovers which included all the things we picked last week. So I did eat from the garden this last week, but I just didn't pick from it. And I discovered one thing. I love Choy Sum. I made a nice stirfry with it and yum. Too bad it is one of the quickest bolters in the garden.
I did spend money in the new garden. I spent 8.97 on plants. I have more to spend on those too. Since I wasn't sure what I would be gardening at this house I didn't have plans and didn't grow all that I needed. I also bought some fertilizer for 17.97. And some gloves and a root saw for 26.92. The big things I bought were tomato cages. I bought two packs (four per pack) of the folding square ones that stack which are 14" on the side from Garden Harvest Supply. These cost 86.06 with shipping. And I bought two packs of folding round ones (6 per pack) from tomatocage.com. I bought the medium ones. So it was 274.30. The tomato cages ought to last 20 years, so they will be amortized over that. I'll amortize anything that is big and lasts a long time. These amortize to 18.02 per year.
Oh my goodness the money I spent. And it is going to be more before it is all over. So my tally is going down. I'm at -242.89.
One of my big expenses will be the edging to the raised beds. I will have ten raised beds that are 4'x16'. I could use cedar edging which would rot out in 10-15 years. Or I could use concrete 4x16x16 blocks or 4x8x16 blocks (this size can be hollow, though you wouldn't see it since they go on end) sunk into the ground. The price with them would be similar. The advantage to wood is that it is thinner and you can attach things to it (like pipes to put hoops into). And it is so much easier to install since there is little that goes below ground. The advantage to concrete is that it will last forever and won't have to be replaced (though if it starts to tilt too far it would have to be reset). Concrete is hotter, which is an advantage with a lot of crops and a disadvantage with others. Anyone have any thoughts about this? It won't go in until July or August anyway. It may even be too late for most of the fall crops.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.