Urban Homesteading on a Small City Lot: Produce Tally 2013

Produce Tally 2013


Total So Far: A Truck Load, I Lost Track


This is our first year gardening here at this property and we are still building and putting things in, so the yield won't be optimum.  I think we might surprise ourselves, though. We are growing leafy greens, peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, corn, potatoes, radishes, onions, garlic, carrots, strawberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, gourds, okra, herbs, and eggplants.  I am probably forgetting some things.  Oh yeah, we are also growing celery, hops and rhubarb, and we planted a pear tree last fall. By next year we hope to have grapes, blueberries, raspberries and an apricot tree planted. That will leave less room for pumpkins and that sort of thing, but should produce loads of very delicious and nutritious berries and fruit.

I have to admit that I decided to keep this tally after we had already eaten more than half of our radishes and several family sized salads of mixed mescalin greens, spinach, cabbage leaves, green onions, romaine lettuce heads, and arugula.  I was reading Mavis's website at http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/ and saw that she was keeping track of how many pounds of food she grew and harvested and setting a goal for herself.  I thought that would be fun to do.  I guess I am just a follower.  Oh well, she seems like a cool person to follow. My mom sent me a link to her page.  Mavis is over on the west side of Washington, while we are on the east side.

I am keeping a garden journal with all the raw data and using an Excel spreadsheet that adds it all up for me, but I will put highlights on here and update the total after each major harvest.

5/13/13 -10.8 oz. Kale (Flat leaf and Russian Red), 8.2 oz. Mixed Tangy Mescalin Greens, 9.1 oz. Mixed Mescalin Greens, 8.5 oz. Green Onions (Walla Walla Sweet), 10.4 oz. Sparkler Radishes

5/14/13 - 0.9 oz. Mixed Tangy Mescalin Greens, 1.2 oz. Mixed Mescalin Greens, 2.8 oz. Easter Egg Mix Radishes

5/15/13 - 39.5 oz Young Purple Cabbage Greens

5/16/13 - 5/27/13 OMG Epic Fail!  My family (extended) has been eating leafy greens including lettuce and kale and mixed mescalin as well as green onions this whole time and I have not been weighing it at all.  Today we picked and ate the first snap pea and yesterday I pulled up a garlic to see what was going on down there. We ate that small head of garlic like a green onion in stir fry. There will be heads of garlic this fall.  I am happy about that.  I will try to do better. We have had salads, stir fries, kale juice in the juicer, and taken loads of lettuce for hamburgers at barbecues.

5/27/13 - 6/15/13 I haven't weighed or tallied anything we have harvested. I will list what I can remember, though: strawberries - about 5 cups so far, broccoli - 4 heads and about 2 cups of small side buds, peas - over six cups of shelled and 2 large 4 quart bowls of shell on peas, lots of salads of romaine lettuce and chopped young kale, five green onions, two dinners of stir fired kale - about four cups cooked, one head of green cabbage, cherry tomatoes - about a cup, new potatoes three quarts chopped, one cup cilantro, six mojitos worth of mint.  That is all I can think of right now.  I should have know that this weighing and keeping track thing wasn't going to be very easy for me.  I usually cook dinner in a half hour in a hurry.  That is why we eat a lot of stir fry and sauteed veggies on rice or pasta. It is fast, nutritious, and delicious.  Adding in the photographing and weighing and it would just take too long.  Not that I made a conscious choice not to do it.  I just totally forgot.

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