Early on, I wanted to get a guestimate of how much we earned back from our harvests. In an earlier post I noted that we spent about $110 on plants and seeds (way back in May), and as of July we’d earned about $45 in produce.
I’ve been keeping track (loosely, I confess) on a piece of notebook paper that rests on top of a scale in our kitchen. Tally marks note how many tomatoes Jude has harvested versus Morris, and how many pounds of beans came from each boys’ garden. I put them all together for a total.
Some vegetables are difficult to keep track of, which I note after my total. But, here’s a good guess at the boys’ garden value. Bravo, Boys!
|Cost at Store||Harvested||Value|
|Green beans||$2.69 / 1.35 lbs.||4.69 lbs.||$9.35|
|-Cherry||$3.79 / 0.95 lbs.||90+/ 2.5lbs.||$9.48|
|Eggplant||$1.99 (for large)||2 small||$2.00 (guestimated)|
|Lettuce||$1.99||3 large bowls/heads||$6.00|
Basil – $1.99/pkg. (fresh) 8 $15.92
Chives – $2.99/.75 oz. (fresh) –
Cilantro – $1.00/bunch (fresh) 2 $2.00
Dill – $1.70/.58 oz. (dried) 3 $5.10
TOTAL VALUE (as of 9/10)= $145.51*
*Some items did not grow: potatoes
Some items did not grow well: carrots
Some items yielded a small harvest and did not get figured in: kale
Some items were lost track of because they were picked and given to visitors: green beans
Some items were not harvested but nibbled by children and adults: chives, mint, sage, and many tomatoes.
TOTAL VALUE OF LEARNING AND FUN! = PRICELESS!