TALLY HO!

The harvest results are in!  Drum roll please….  about 500 lbs harvested in June.

For the year we now have harvested over a ton (2,100 lbs) of food from our .10 (1/10th) acre garden plot  – the amount we harvested our first year of keeping harvest productions records back in 2001.  Can we reach 10K?  We’ll just have to wait and see since it really depends on how well the weather cooperates this year — and how well we can keep on top of succession plantings.

Next month stay tuned for our first contest!  Yep, that right folks.  We are going to have you guess our harvest tally for the month of July.  The one who guess the closest lbs harvest will receive a prize.

We hope that with this contest we encourage you to tally your garden harvest too.

Care to share numbers, success stories, growing efforts.  How does your garden grow?

On the Food Front

Tis the season we see a drastic reduction in our food spending/bill.    I figure without putting pen to paper that we are eating/spending less than $2.00 a day per person.  But estimation isn’t good enough in this urban homestead household – time to put up some numbers.  Sure you can say this, write that.  But in the end it’s all about facts, figures and results right?  Folks want proof and that’s what we believe this site is vehicle for — showing productive results and publishing them for the world to see.

Today I’ll be making a chart to tack on the fridge where we can easily jot down what we use on a daily basis.  We’ll be tallying up homegrown produce used so we can figure out how much we are actually saving, how much we are actually spending on meals per person.

So we are shooting for the last two weeks in July.  How low can we go and still eat well?

Stay tuned for results.

Comments(16)

  1. P~ says:

    Boy, I wish we could post numbers like that!! My wife and I have, in fact, made a concerted effort this year to keep an accurate log of the quantity of food pounds that we have been able to get from our “Freedom Garden”. Your right, numbers are what we really want to see aren’t they? So far we’ve only managed just under 50 lbs, but that’s only salad, greens, peas and strawberries. The “big” stuff will be coming on soon.
    I am hoping to be able to update my blog tonight to display a running total in the sidebar (depending on how the chores go.)
    Great post! I’ll be guessing high for July that’s for sure.
    P~

  2. P~ says:

    Boy, I wish we could post numbers like that!! My wife and I have, in fact, made a concerted effort this year to keep an accurate log of the quantity of food pounds that we have been able to get from our “Freedom Garden”. Your right, numbers are what we really want to see aren’t they? So far we’ve only managed just under 50 lbs, but that’s only salad, greens, peas and strawberries. The “big” stuff will be coming on soon.
    I am hoping to be able to update my blog tonight to display a running total in the sidebar (depending on how the chores go.)
    Great post! I’ll be guessing high for July that’s for sure.
    P~

  3. Sinfonian says:

    Hehe if you bring dirt in with your lettuce can you count the extra weight? Otherwise it’s light as air for a salad for two.

    I think it’s great you have such a diverse garden that you can eat 90% of your food from it during the peak season (and the So Cal climate doesn’t hurt either).

    I love this site, can’t wait to see how low you can go! Myself I spent $2 at Starbucks today on a coffee cake. Otherwise I at least ate from home, if not from the garden. Its a baby step…

  4. Sinfonian says:

    Hehe if you bring dirt in with your lettuce can you count the extra weight? Otherwise it’s light as air for a salad for two.

    I think it’s great you have such a diverse garden that you can eat 90% of your food from it during the peak season (and the So Cal climate doesn’t hurt either).

    I love this site, can’t wait to see how low you can go! Myself I spent $2 at Starbucks today on a coffee cake. Otherwise I at least ate from home, if not from the garden. Its a baby step…

  5. Lehrman's says:

    We’re somewhere over 300 lbs now (haven’t put everything in the spreadsheet from the garden journal yet). Most of it is potatoes and strawberries, but we’ve also had peppers, tomatoes, greens, radishes, peas, onions, and a variety of others. Good growing everyone!

  6. Lehrman's says:

    We’re somewhere over 300 lbs now (haven’t put everything in the spreadsheet from the garden journal yet). Most of it is potatoes and strawberries, but we’ve also had peppers, tomatoes, greens, radishes, peas, onions, and a variety of others. Good growing everyone!

  7. Kory says:

    about 9 and a half pounds but thats just little stuff like cabbage, radishes and lettuce. The potatoes are coming soon. I am shooting for 100 lbs from 100 square feet, but I don’t know how close I’ll hit.

    I’ll bet you folks in sunny pasadena will do close to 900 lbs in july. Especially if you are growing corn. Its kinda hard to guess, since we’re in different zones and I’m not sure what is ready at what time down there.

  8. Kory says:

    about 9 and a half pounds but thats just little stuff like cabbage, radishes and lettuce. The potatoes are coming soon. I am shooting for 100 lbs from 100 square feet, but I don’t know how close I’ll hit.

    I’ll bet you folks in sunny pasadena will do close to 900 lbs in july. Especially if you are growing corn. Its kinda hard to guess, since we’re in different zones and I’m not sure what is ready at what time down there.

  9. Jan says:

    A rough estimate of our produce to date is 38 pounds.!!! Thats a mixture of cukes, 10 pounds of potatoes we harvested last night( never been able to get these to grow before), breen beans, and radishes.

  10. Jan says:

    A rough estimate of our produce to date is 38 pounds.!!! Thats a mixture of cukes, 10 pounds of potatoes we harvested last night( never been able to get these to grow before), breen beans, and radishes.

  11. Nancy Kelly says:

    What beautiful peaches, what variety are they?

    Nancy

  12. Nancy Kelly says:

    What beautiful peaches, what variety are they?

    Nancy

  13. Sara F says:

    Just getting started here. Although normally we have a giant load of mangoes (100 lbs?!) we haven’t quite bounced back after the hurricanes (Charley & Wilma). Talk about the weather cooperating! S

  14. Sara F says:

    Just getting started here. Although normally we have a giant load of mangoes (100 lbs?!) we haven’t quite bounced back after the hurricanes (Charley & Wilma). Talk about the weather cooperating! S

  15. Beth M says:

    500 lbs in June! I am so inspired by what you are doing and how you are doing it!
    Last month, I bought a scale on eBay and now I keep a running tally of my harvest… I am in Western North Carolina and stuff is just really starting to come in.. I began keeping track June 1 and to date I have harvested 54 lbs. Mostly lettuce greens, swiss chard, cukes, snow peas, onions, garlic , shitake mushrooms…
    I made my first batch of pesto tonight.. yum!
    Happy Harvesting!

  16. Beth M says:

    500 lbs in June! I am so inspired by what you are doing and how you are doing it!
    Last month, I bought a scale on eBay and now I keep a running tally of my harvest… I am in Western North Carolina and stuff is just really starting to come in.. I began keeping track June 1 and to date I have harvested 54 lbs. Mostly lettuce greens, swiss chard, cukes, snow peas, onions, garlic , shitake mushrooms…
    I made my first batch of pesto tonight.. yum!
    Happy Harvesting!

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