Let me give you the background for this post before anything else....
I was musing to myself the other day about "Andy, do you walk the garden walk, or just talk the garden talk?" What I was getting at was: for all my yardly adventures, how much benefit am I really reaping? Am I spending a fortune (admittedly, I came from a very low base before I joined the site) and getting bugga all in return? Am I kidding myself about my urban farmer skills?
So, I thought I would pose an open question as a bit of a game for us all. How much do you really eat what you grow? ... and guessing is not good enough. I aim to answer my own tough question with facts. Feel free to contribute your facts and answer the question for yourselves.
There is only one way to win this game: you need to out-compete yourself. I mean, if my 3 year old garden out-compete's John's 6 month old garden, it just means my garden is more established. My real question to myself is: am I doing better now than I was doing 6 months or a year ago? I might also try to use some real costs from Coles on line shopping.
Go on... take the risk... be honest. I shall lead by example (wish me luck!)
Night 1's dinner: Thai Beef Salad. Four or five different lettuce types and basil supplied by me from the aquaponics bed. Here is the proof (you don't need to do this - I just want to get us started). I should have stuck my hand in the shot - those are cos lettuce leaves on top - they are around 15 - 20 cm in size. This was a big salad. The pic has no purchased add-ins at this stage.
I don't expect to have grown my own beef and stuff. I am just trying to get "real." I think it was a pretty fine effort from 1 month old lettuces and basil on harvest 4 in the same time.
Saving: lettuce $2 + basil $2 = $4.
Night 2 dinner: Stir Fry with garlic chicken sausages.
Produce used: Pak Choi ($3) and Silverbeet ($4! - you kidding me? This stuff grows like crazy). I know, I used shop bought sausages. I'm stock piling my home made ones for the family Christmas BBQ).
Total Saving this week: $11 (hey, that's more than I expected).
Night 3: True confessions.
Photography course was tonight. Produce used: none.
Total Saving this week: $11
Night 4: True confessions part 2.
Produce used: none. Steak and potato and carrot. My carrots are in and I'm about to add some spuds, but don't have any at the moment.
Total Saving this week: $11 (oh, the shame)
Night 5: True confessions part 3.
Produce used: none. Roast pork with pumpkin, potato and carrot.
Total Saving this week: $11 (oh, the continued shame)
Night 6: Redemption.
Used an aquaponic's lettuce (actually, it was half of two).
Total Saving this week: Lettuce: $2 + $11 = $13
Night 7: Stir Fry
Used a load of pak choi.
Total Saving this week: Pak Choi: $3 + $13 = $16