Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wee Garden Record Keeping

In discussions with Hubby, I realized that this was not a very good experiment.  I have been very neglectful in keeping any records of what our costs have been. We have bought soil, seeds, fertilizer, chicken wire, wood, and more pots.  Although we will find out if we can grow some of our food, we not know if it was actually cost effective to do so.  So, I am going to have to start keeping better records of our expenses and what the actual yield is from the Wee Garden.

I tried to find my receipts from the last couple of months, but only found a few... So, we are making an estimate, and taking it from there.  Our estimate of what we have spent so far, through yesterday is $300.  Wow. That seems like a lot.  Many of the things we have purchased, we will be used again, cutting our costs for future plantings.

So far, we have gotten about 5 meals out of the small salad pot, but expect to get more from the big table we just built. If you take the cost of mixed baby greens into consideration, and the actual cost on that particular pot, one bag of dirt, and a half bag of seeds, we have come out ahead on that.
I have also harvested and cooked with fresh basil, several times, and traded some basil plants and some of my seed stash for some other types of tomato seeds and plants and some sweet cayenne pepper seeds.

I am going to start keeping a log on what we spend, and what we harvest, as we go.  Hubby thinks I should keep a diary of our progress/setbacks, so we have it for future reference. I will do my best to keep up with this.

So, here is where we are at, $300 and 2 months in.  We have had several salads with fresh greens, and fresh basil in several meals. We have 1 zucchini, almost ready to pick, and several more on the way.

The Cukezilla, aka lemon cucumber has too many flowers to count, all males so far. The beefsteak tomatoes have between 15 and 20 open blossoms on them. We have 2 smaller tomato plants going, and more seeds started. The yellow squash is blooming, and it has both male and female flowers.  The broccoli is coming along nicely, and I remain hopeful.  The purple potato tower is getting huge. We also have cilantro, oregano, carrots, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloupe, eggplant and more zucchini started.

I am going to start keeping better records of spending and harvest, and have purchased a kitchen scale to weigh as we go. Hubby suggested keeping a diary of our progress, so I will make an attempt at posting every day. We are out there every day, doting on our Wee Garden, taking pictures of our "babies". So far, this has been a totally enjoyable experience, and I look forward to it every day!

So, that is how my garden grows today...
Thanks for reading!

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