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Garden Update: 174.5 oz. of Vegetables

Posted By Jim On 09/28/2008 @ 7:10 am In Frugal Living | 7 Comments

It’s been quite a while since the last garden update and I’m happy to report that our total haul of vegetables is now a respectable 174.5 oz. according to our trust free Stamps.com postage scale.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 22 oz. Roma Tomatoes
  • 3.9 oz Patio Tomatoes
  • 73.9 oz. Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • 1.4 oz Green Peppers
  • 8.8 oz. Red Peppers
  • 61.5 oz. Eggplants
  • 3 oz. Cayenne

The total value, according to recent vegetable prices, is about $20 compared to about $98 spent on planters, plants, and soil (this doesn’t include labor or water).At first, when I saw how many ounces we’d gotten, I thought we would easily break even… obviously I don’t know how much stuff costs at the per ounce level because we’re only about a quarter of the way there. 174.5 ounces sounds very impressive but it’s really not a lot compared to the hauls I’ve seen others get.

I think the biggest handicap for us is the fact that everything is in planters. The tomato plants have a tremendous amount of potential that simply is wasted on pots. While the pots are pretty big, nothing beats the ground and letting tomatoes grow to their full potential.

But, you play the cards you’re dealt and so far we’re doing pretty good as novice gardeners. (There are plenty of everything hanging off the plants, so we haven’t finished harvesting yet)


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