July’s Harvest Totals

July is when the garden starts to get into full stride. It was a good thing too. Our 3 months of not buying any food started out with our first harvest of green beans, zucchini and cucumbers. The timing couldn’t have been better. Then as July rolled on tomatoes rolled in. Tomatillos, carrots and celery followed suit. Strawberries and parsnips were still coming in. We got a second crop of lettuce going. We’ve slowed down on the harvesting of kale.

The pickling cucumber (Delikatesse) was apparently the star of July. The funny part was that it seemed to me like they weren’t really performing as well as the slicing (Armenian) cucumber, but they did better. It won’t be until the year’s end, though, whether we’ll know if they did better than the Double Yield variety that we grew last year.

The fruit situation was rather sad. Strawberries, which are slowing down outperformed all of our fruit trees combined. We are very lucky to have generous friends give us fruit.

Fruit Trees
Apricot – 1.76 lb
Nectarine – 4.06 lb

Shrubs, Vines & Groundcovers
Blueberries – .06 lbs
Rose hips – .6 lbs
Strawberries – 8 lbs

Green Beans – 10.38 lbs
Beets – 3 lbs
Carrots – 2 lbs
Celery – 3.25 lbs
Cucumbers, pickling – 19.6 lbs
Cucumbers, slicing – 15.2 lbs
Eggplant – .38 lbs
Kale – 1.6 lbs
Lettuce – .31 lbs
Onions – 2.5 lbs
Parsnips – 5.69 lbs
Peppers, sweet – .81 lbs
Potatoes – 4.6 lb
Squash, summer – 13.75 lb
Tomatillos – .6 lb
Tomatoes – 7.31 lb

Animal Products
Chicken – 9.13 lb
Duck – 20.88 lb
Milk – 5.07 gallons
Eggs – 177

Total Produce – 105.46 lbs

Surprisingly we’re catching up to our expenditures. We spent $256.59 on animals and feed. We spent $54.01 on nursery items. Our water bill is bimonthly so we didn’t have one this month. We didn’t buy any new tools either. We did have a broken metal rake handle but Tom, being the crafty guy he is, attached electrical conduit to it that he got for free as a handle.

So far this year we’ve spent $3,700.34 and saved $3,417.68. We’re only in the hole by $282.66. Next month we should catch up.

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