I do my tally for fruits very differently than for the vegetables. Vegetables are annuals for the most part. Yes some herbs and asparagus aren't, but the majority are. So making a yearly tally makes sense if you want to see if your garden is paying for itself or not. I know the answer doesn't really matter as the garden is so much more than just a source of food, but I started to do tallies because I thought the numbers would be interesting to know. And I kept doing them because the harvest totals let me know how a new technique or timing schedule was working. But I digress.
The fruits are different because you can plant a fruit tree or sometimes a bush and not get a harvest for years. But when a tree starts to produce it can put out pounds and pounds of fruit for a very long time. So my fruit tally is a running tally over the years. Sadly it seems every year I spend more money than I bring in from the fruit. Evey year I plant something new or put up a new trellis. This year I put in a weeping plum and some strawberries.
Last week I ordered some soaker hose and a timer for the raspberries. The raspberries were put in against the house. Actually they are surrounded by two bulkheads, a brick path, and the house. Which makes them easy to control. But sadly they are also in the rain shadow of the house. And they have slowly been dying as they don't get enough water. Three of the plants have already died, and we only have two left. I'm sure they would spread if we could keep them watered enough. So I spent yet more money on the fruits.
It will be interesting to see how long it will take me to break even on the fruits. I might never if I keep putting more things in, or like the strawberries, I replace them with other varieties. I know of four trees that are being evaluated right now and might get ripped out at sometime for various reasons - a Honeycrisp apple that doesn't want to grow, a Green Gage plum that attracts every aphid in the yard and is always sickly, two figs that aren't really hardy here, but I'm experimenting with keeping them alive over the winter. But I'm giving them more time to see if they can live and produce. So I can see potential expenses in the future. But maybe not.
- Asian Greens: 0.53 lbs
- Greens: 1.36 lbs
- Herbs: 0.29 lbs
- Roots: 0.59 lbs
- Weekly Total: 2.48 lbs
- Yearly Total: 6.16 lbs
- Yearly Tally: -484.23
- Rhubarb 2.14 lbs
- Spent 28.54
- Tally (all years): 77.64 lbs $-1022.78
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.