Once again it is the financial day of reckoning for the garden. This data is from my spreadsheets for calendar year 2011, and it is a complete and accurate accounting of all expenditures and harvests. The price per pound was gathered by visiting supermarkets with large organic sections in them, from organic co-ops and local farmer's markets.
I do my tracking in a simple manner. If I spend it this year, it goes entirely on this year's tally. I don't amortize my garden expenses.
In review of this past year I note the following:
I spent $283 for the Mantis tiller, not including the gift card from my brother Joe. That was a major expense.
I planted cucs this year using seeds AND plants, and didn't get a single cucumber. That's amazing to me. Seeds sprouted, vines grew, flowers came and then they all withered and died. I went through this exercise five separate times, all for naught. I even tried hand pollinating, but that didn't work either.
My tomato production was terrible compared to past years. This year I had about three times as many rows of tomato plants as in the past, and fewer tomatoes than in those same past years.
After caring for my grapes for three years, my two Reliance grape vines died. I think I overwatered them. At least that's what the cooperative extension thinks after analyzing everything.
Overall, my garden did pretty well. I would rather acquire my produce this way than buying it in a big box store, so I'm satisfied with it.
After all expenses were deducted from the value of the crops, I came out $424 ahead. Even if it was in the negative financially, I would still win. I know how to grow my own food.
Here's the tally:
Vegetable Pounds Price Per Pound Total Value
Broccoli 7.63 $2.00 $15.26
Collards 22.75 $1.87 $42.54
Lettuce 1.38 $1.76 $2.43
Marconi Green Peppers 41.31 $2.01 $83.03
Sorrel 4.16 $14.00 $58.24
Fortex Green Beans 97.25 $4.00 $389.00
Henderson Butter Beans 0.28 $2.23 $0.62
Beet Greens 2.5 $1.00 $2.50
Swiss Chard 9.75 $5.32 $51.87
Sweet Corn 4.0 $1.00 $4.00
Blueberries 2.47 $8.51 $21.02
Figs 1.04 $4.00 $4.16
Glenora Grapes 2.75 $3.99 $10.97
Himrod Grapes 1.06 $3.99 $4.23
Reliance Grapes 0.56 $3.99 $2.23
Raspberries 4.25 $10.64 $45.22
Chives 0.25 $1.00 $0.25
Horseradish 2.5 $4.97 $12.43
Okra 3.36 $3.70 $12.43
Onion, Green 0.37 $1.98 $0.73
Snow Peas 0.75 $6.47 $4.85
Banana Peppers 19.89 $2.01 $39.98
Red Beauty Pepper 0.5 $3.99 $2.00
Salsify 0.25 $1.00 $0.25
Tomatoes, Burpee Big Boy 25.19 $3.99 $100.51
Tomatoes, Cherokee Purple 1.63 $5.99 $9.76
Tomatoes, La Roma II 21.06 $2.99 $62.97
Tomatoes, Park's Whopper 57.47 $3.99 $229.31
Tomatoes, Patio 0.27 $5.32 $1.44
Tomatoes, San Marzano 6.94 $3.99 $27.69
Total Weight 344
Gross Organic Value $1,242.00
Net Profit $424.00
Thanks for all the encouraging support during the past year, and I hope each of you and your families have a wonderful vegetable garden in the new year.
Have a great vegetable gardening day!