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Tally of my year's garden haul

Post  Amethyst42 on 6/13/2013, 11:09 am

I'm going to try to keep a running tally of how much I get from my SFG, by weight. I'm sure a few things will be forgotten, but I'm going to try!  I've got a total of 58 sqft (two 4*4, two 3*3, and my tomato planter which we'll call 1*Cool
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Post  mschaef on 6/13/2013, 11:14 am

I like this idea...I might have to give it a go too this year...maybe.thinking Not sure if I can get the kids to wait to eat the green beans and peas until I weight them though hungry

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Post  Amethyst42 on 6/13/2013, 11:50 am

@mschaef wrote:I like this idea...I might have to give it a go too this year...maybe.thinking Not sure if I can get the kids to wait to eat the green beans and peas until I weight them though hungry
Heehee, exactly my problem mschaef!!

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Post  herblover on 6/13/2013, 1:48 pm

I don't weigh my produce, but do keep track of how many of each thing I pick.  For greens I just record small, med or large picking.

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Post  GloriaG on 6/13/2013, 5:22 pm

Hi Amethyst42,

I've been keeping a tally by weight since I started my SFG a little over three years ago.   I did it partly because I wanted to know just how much produce I could expect from my garden, and secondly, I wanted a way to justify to myself that the benefit outweighed the initial cost.  (Which was pretty high in our case because we needed to landscape, mulch, etc. for the HOA where we live.)

Now that I've got a record, I find I really like having it. 

From my records, I can look back to get an idea of how many more or less squares we need of certain vegetables. And, I can also see trends like; this year I'm down by about 10% from last year at this time.  (Probably due to inconsistent weather this spring.) 

It should also help me see if my garden is improving - which I hope happens as the beds mature and I become more knowledgeable.  So I've set a "goal" for myself of about 2 1/4 pounds of produce per square from my 225 square feet.  (I'm not counting the 25 ft of asparagus yet because they won't start producing for another couple of years.) 

I keep it simple - when I bring veggies in, I wash them, weigh them and jot the date, weight and produce name in a notebook I keep by the scale in the kitchen.  At the end of a month, I type the information into an Access database I wrote, although a simple Excel spreadsheet would work just fine for this.

I know that keeping records isn't for everyone, but FWIW, I find it beneficial.  
This year's total as of June 5:  151 lbs

Good gardening,
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Post  Amethyst42 on 6/13/2013, 5:40 pm

undefined wrote:I keep it simple - when I bring veggies in, I wash them, weigh them and jot the date, weight and produce name in a notebook I keep by the scale in the kitchen.  At the end of a month, I type the information into an Access database I wrote, although a simple Excel spreadsheet would work just fine for this.

I know that keeping records isn't for everyone, but FWIW, I find it beneficial.  
This year's total as of June 5:  151 lbs
That's quite a haul already! I'm in a different zone than you, so I'm not able to plant until much later, have to harvest sooner, and my haul is correspondingly smaller.
I'm using an Excel spreadsheet, as I just realized I can't go back and edit my post after a few minutes.

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Post  GloriaG on 6/13/2013, 5:47 pm

Yes - location, location, location.  Everyone's yield per square foot will be different. But, I do think the information you get from keeping a record will be helpful in the future. 

Good luck,
Gloria

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Post  GWN on 6/15/2013, 12:28 pm

I weighed my tomatoes last year, as I was curious, when I quit weighing I was over 300 lbs, so I was very happy.

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Post  Frenchbean on 6/15/2013, 12:54 pm

So far, I have harvested 25 grams; 1oz of Turnip. I'm not doing very well am I:(SadSad
Im over here in England. Its chucking it down with rain, and Ive just been told its one of the coldest springs on record huh?sobbing

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Post  GWN on 6/15/2013, 7:17 pm

French bean, it WILL warm up...We have been having lots of rain here too, however we are getting the in between sunshines as well, so it is kind of perfect.

Summer is just around the bend.....flower

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Post  Frenchbean on 6/16/2013, 6:05 am

GWN thanks for that!

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Post  plantoid on 6/16/2013, 9:06 am

@GWN wrote:French bean, it WILL warm up...We have been having lots of rain here too, however we are getting the in between sunshines as well, so it is kind of perfect.

Summer is just around the bend.....flower

I beginning to think it been flushed round the bend GWN .... a few minutes ago Alison asked me to get some mange tout and some other " stuff " out the garden
I could only find 11 peas and some hearted pointed spring cabbage that was planted out as over wintering starts last year ... they have just started to make hearts ..... almost eight six week late

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Post  walshevak on 6/16/2013, 11:21 am

I had to look it up. mange tout snow or sugar snap peas. Laughing

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Post  Frenchbean on 6/17/2013, 3:38 pm

Plantoid what are "starts" seedings may be:blush:

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Post  GWN on 6/17/2013, 4:47 pm

Well I sure hope it warms up in Europe, we are going there in september. to bike in France

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Post  plantoid on 6/17/2013, 5:10 pm

FB
Small diddy plants you buy in a garden centre / nursery or plant sale in the local market place etc. or at someone's garden gate  that have already been sown  several weeks ago and are now grown to three inches or so tall .

All you have to do is soak the tray /pot or bunch etc. of starts in a couple of inches of rain water or tap water if you have nowt else for an hour or so to give the plants a drink 7 loosen the stuff they are growing in then tease the plants apart & plant the individual plants into a bed and water them in .


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