Friday, May 16, 2014

Feb, Mar, Apr 2014 Summary


Over the last three month we averaged over 50% vegetable self sufficiency. Not the goal of 80%... yet. But still a figure I am proud of - I can honestly make the claim that we produced majority of our own vegetables. Laying all the food out to take the above photo was uplifting to say the least. It felt like I could have opened up my own market stall. And you should have seen me trying to get in the fridge ;-)

Putting these harvest figures together can be rather monotonous, thus is a task I have increasingly come to procrastinate over. Despite it being a less then enjoyable task I do find measuring the gardens performance very useful. I source motivation through goal setting and one of the key tricks to successful goal setting is to make the goal measurable. As three months have slipped past and the task is only getting bigger I thought it time to take my procrastination by the horns and just get on with it. So here are the results for the last three months.

February 2014

             Grown (g) Purchased (g) Grown %
Avocado                 450          0%
Beans          90                    100%
Beetroot       1,000                 100%
Broccoli       770                   100%
Basil          140                   100%
Cabbage                 750          0%
Capsicum       540      590          48%
Carrot                  790          0%
Cauliflower             300          0%
Celery                  500          0%
Cucumber       3,040                 100%
Coriander      15                    100%
Eggplant       390                   100%
Garlic                  40           0%
Kale           1,350                 100%
Lettuce        1710                  100%
Onion                   2,440        0%
Pea                     400          0%
Potato                  1,110        0%
Pumpkin                 6,150        0%
Spring Onion   310                   100%
Sweetcorn               400          0%
Sweet Potato            780          0%
Silverbeet     410                   100%
Tomato         4,765                 100%
Zucchini       2,600                 100%
                     
Total          17,130   14,700       54%
Average                              50%
                     
Money Spent on Garden  $126   

March 2014

             Grown (g) Purchased (g) Grown %
Avocado                 900          0%
Beans          1,370    570          71%
Beetroot       80                    100%
Broccoli       1,460    1,010        59%
Basil          195                   100%
Capsicum       570      970          37%
Carrot                  1,560        0%
Cucumber       2,580                 100%
Coriander      40                    100%
Eggplant       960                   100%
Garlic                  60           0%
Kale           1,120                 100%
Lettuce        840                   100%
Lentil                  900          0%
Onion                   130          0%
Parsley        85                    100%
Pea                     150          0%
Pumpkin        3,050    900          77%
Radish         730                   100%
Rocket         220                   100%
Spring Onion   200                   100%
Sweetcorn      940      500          65%
Sweet Potato            1,030        0%
Silverbeet     500                   100%
Tomato         4,345                 100%
Zucchini       700                   100%

Total          19,985   8,680        70%
Average                              63%

Money Spent on Garden  $32           

April 2014

           Grown (g) Purchased (g) Grown %
Beans                   900          0%
Beetroot       390      250          61%
Broccoli       60       535          10%
Basil          75                    100%
Cabbage                 400          0%
Capsicum       550      1,165        32%
Carrot                  615          0%
Celery                  500          0%
Cucumber                860          0%
Coriander      40                    100%
Eggplant       400                   100%
Garlic                  55           0%
Kale           225      500          31%
Lettuce        765      100          88%
Leek                    845          0%
Mustard        195                   100%
Onion                   1,985        0%
Parsley        20                    100%
Pea                     100          0%
Potato                  1,955        0%
Pumpkin        2,380                 100%
Radish         230                   100%
Spring Onion   25                    100%
Sweetcorn      875      150          85%
Sweet Potato            840          0%
Spinach                 200          0%
Silverbeet     570                   100%
Tomato         745      600          55%
Zucchini       875                   100%

Total          8,420    12,555       40%
Average                              50%

Money Spent on Garden  $107

6 comments:

  1. Excellent work! I like how you've also documented how much money you spent on the garden too. Does that include feed/anything for the chickens?
    I too have found documenting annoying, and did it for two years. I have pretty much given up now, though who knows, maybe one day it will worth doing again.

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    1. Yes that includes everything! Seeds, seedlings, tools, chicken feed, and even the chickens themselves. I should probably show the breakdown of that too.

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  2. Congratulations on the great figures Jason. Hope they make all the effort tallying it up worthwhile.

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    1. It does feel worthwhile, especially getting feedback. And it really doesn't take the much effort either.

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    2. I used to keep a tally of what I spent on the garden until I realised that input far exceeded output. Now I look at gardening as a hobby and food production is a bonus!

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    3. I have a feeling our output is above the expenses when compared to organic food prices. But I agree the motivation behind growing our own is not financial. For me there is an instinctive joy that comes from nurturing the very thing that sustains our lives.

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