In our first year of living in St. Paul Greg and I made a bet about how much produce we could grow in one season. We had 209 square feet and a mish-mash of smaller containers. 200 pounds was our cut-off; I said more, he said less. Winner picked the location of our end-of-summer camping trip.
I spent that first summer of carefully weighing each picking from the garden on our kitchen scale, recording the date, variety, and total ounces of every item. From the heaviest pumpkin to the tiniest lettuce leaf, I got it all down on paper. We ended up with 90 or so pounds of veggies and a trip to Tettegouche State Park. I wasn’t even close!!
Since then I haven’t been too concerned about the pound-for-pound pay off of our green thumbs. We had one year of snacking on the veggies on the walk home rather than waiting for a weigh in, followed by one year of not-so-good luck fighting the water and the heat.
But this year I’m back to collecting more detailed records of our garden harvests. I missed having the end of the year records to look back on and I still think we can have a better total output than 90 pounds.
June was our first big month of weigh-ins, mostly lettuce, peas, and green onions. I thought I would take the last day of the month to tally up where we’re at 45 or so days into the season. Maria’s Garden Photography 101 posts inspired me to snap a few more photos too!
Here’s the June Garden Wrap-Up:
|Produce||Month Total||Season Total (May Total: 1 lb. 6 oz.)|
|Basil||1 oz.||1 lb. 7 oz.|
|Chives||1.5 oz.||1 lb. 8.5 oz.|
|Mixed Salad Greens||1 lb. 7 oz.||2 lb. 15.5 oz.|
|Green Onions||2 lb. 2.5 oz.||5 lb. 2 oz.|
|Romaine Lettuce||7 oz.||5 lb. 9 oz.|
|Snow Pea Pods||15.5 oz.||6 lb. 8.5 oz.|
|Strawberries||8.5 oz.||7 lb. 1 oz.|
|Tarragon||1 oz.||7 lb. 2 oz.|
|JUNE GARDEN TOTAL||7 lbs. 2 oz.|