Here’s a record of the different things we harvested from the garden from the beginning of April to the end of June this year.
No weights or volumes, just harvested or not. I can’t be bothered weighing everything that comes in from the garden; life’s too short for that sort of record keeping. If it’s there and we need it, we harvest as much as we need. What doesn’t get used by us gets given away – usually after a quick rush around the garden as visitors are leaving or as we leave to go visiting, with no time to weigh things; or it goes into the compost when past its prime.
And of course the produce that gets sampled as we graze different things while working it the garden doesn’t get recorded at all, even though it probably amounts to quite a lot over the course of a month. I assume almost everyone grazes as they move around their garden. For me it is not only satisfying, a lot of it is “quality control”. Are the lettuce going bitter yet? How does this tomato like growing here?
Over the three month period I’d say that something like 80% of our vegetable consumption came from the garden, which has put a big dent in our grocery bill.
Sorry about the crappy layout. I haven’t figured out how to set up a table in WordPress yet, so this is just blocked and copied from MS Word.
|Common Name||April ’14||May ’14||June ’14|
|Dragon Fruit (red variety)||√||√|
|Kangkung / Water Morning Glory||√||√|
|Lemon Grass, West Indian||√||√|
|Lime, West Indian||√||√||√|
|Luffa||salad, stir fry, sponge||salad, sponge||sponge|
|Silverbeet, Fordhook Giant||√|
|Spring Onions/ Shallots||√||√||√|
|Sweet Potato, Orange||tips|
|Tomato, Gros Lisse||√||√|