2014 Harvest Totals

2014 Harvest Totals Pic

Happy new year, everyone. I hope you all had a safe and joyful time with family and friends. I took the holiday time to gather statistics on how my garden performed over the past year (harvests, rainfall, temperatures, etc.), as well as how my readers enjoyed all that I shared about my garden; and I’ll be posting all of that in my next few blog entries. Today, I’d like to share with you what I harvested from my garden from January 1 through December 31, 2014.

On my homestead (read: suburban farm), I have 21 raised beds for growing vegetables and some fruit (raspberries and melons). These raised beds total about 754 square feet of gardening space. I also have six fruit trees, two of which are producing. (My apple trees and elderberry are too young yet, but my key limes are producing some.)

That 754 square feet is approximately 0.0173 acre. (Yes, I looked it up. Hey, I was curious.) In that small amount of gardening space, I harvested quite a bit of produce over the course of 2014 – in spite of the unseasonably cold winter (quite a few cold weather spells and two ice storms kept me from a decent winter harvest) and a brutal summer (heat and humidity decreased my yield). Here are my totals by category, rounded to the nearest tenth of a pound:

FRUIT HARVESTS:

  • Raspberries (first year from these canes): 7.9 lb
  • Key limes (still young trees in pots): 6 key limes (0.5 lb)
  • Watermelon: 57.0 lb
  • Melons (various kinds): 26.9 lb

GREENS:

  • Turnip greens (before the bugs attacked the leaves): 1.1 lb
  • Chard (before the heat killed them): 0.3 lb
  • Spinach: 6.6 lb
  • Arugula: 1.3 lb
  • Lettuce: 3.8 lb
  • Orach (I planted too late and it bolted in the early heat): 0.8 lb
  • Purslane: 1.1 lb
  • Kale: 1.4 lb
  • Escarole: 1.8 lb
  • Mustard greens: 2.1 lb

ROOT VEGETABLES:

  • Radishes: 10.9 lb
  • Beets (not a good year for beets): 2.3 lb
  • Turnips: 12.8 lb
  • Onions (not a good year for onions): 6.1 lb
  • Carrots (not a good year for carrots): 6.2 lb
  • Garlic: 14.6 lb
  • Potatoes: 11.2 lb

OTHER VEGETABLES:

  • Asparagus (not a good year for my asparagus – due to ice storms??): 2.2 lb
  • Popcorn (off the cob): 7.7 lb
  • Winter squash: 25.7 lb
  • Pumpkin: 72.9 lb
  • Cucumbers (not a good year due to early pickle worm attacks): 13.9 lb
  • Snap beans: 28.7 lb
  • Lima beans: 10.9 lb
  • Peanuts (experiment): 1.0 lb
  • Eggplant: 35.2 lb
  • Tomatoes: 71.7 lb
  • Peppers (sweet & hot): 101.1 lb!

All total, I harvested exactly 547.1 pounds of produce in 2014 from my urban garden! After applying the prices for organic produce (bought at the grocery store or farmer’s market), it would have cost me $2,049.38 last year if I had purchased what I grew!

Not only did I save over 50% of the cost of purchasing the produce (remember, there’s cost of seed, fertilizer, tools, expansion, etc.), but I also guaranteed that my family ate food that was vitamin and mineral rich, and pesticide and chemical free. You can’t put a price on that!

My goal this year is to further increase the health of my soil and incorporate better gardening techniques to increase my yield in 2015. And now I’ll have very good statistics to compare next year’s harvest with this year’s. (Another reason to keep a garden journal!)

How much did you harvest in 2014? What are your plans to increase your yield this year? Please share your tips with us. There’s no such thing as a gardener or farmer who isn’t willing to learn a new thing or two. 🙂

Signature

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s