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I've become a bit more serious about plotting the food that I grow and harvest here on the block.  Mostly, because of the Youtube shedwars contest I am in... it's actually just an excuse to share gardening tips for beginners but it also forces me to track my produce by weight.  

I've decided I will do this for 12 months and maybe even more, even though the contest stops in April.  You see, I've realised:

  1. I produce much more than I thought
  2. I can use this to make a planting, harvesting and jobs calendar for my block.  

I've tried my best to include fruit, veg, herbs, animal products and meat.  

I realise it is incredibly simple to only use weights.  If 2 grams of chili make a meal taste fantastic then wow.  I once tried to do it with $ values to try to allow for that but even that was a tad silly.  It gets even worse when I value add the produce by turning it into pesto or something.  It doesn't matter.  I'll use this very blunt tool to help me make my calendar and to make myself feel good about my gardening progress.  

I'll update on a monthly basis. 

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 1, 2021 at 21:03

Cheers Sophie. 

Comment by Sophie on May 1, 2021 at 15:49

great stuff Andy - you might have to start tracking in kilos i think!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 1, 2021 at 14:13

This is proving to be VERY surprising.

Food

Weight in grams

 

January

February

March

April

Veg/Salad

1211

4864

5974

10440

Green beans

307

365

88

Snake beans

26

16

Madagascar beans

231

Cucumbers

382

Shallots

508

559

610

154

Pigeon pea

14

Egg plant

177

233

Tromboncino

3462

4881

8935

Sweet leaf

60

75

Capsicum

20

Silverbeet

Kang Kong

237

271

796

Lettuce

64

18

 

Fruit

3003

5721

7572

3744

Grapes

413

Tomatoes

546

92

598

180

Mangoes

1058

Red papaya

295

875

4495

2206

Lemonaide

691

4564

1347

494

Orange

357

Lemon

Lime

16

Passionfruit

97

405

Fiejoa

1035

86

Figs

190

 

Herbs

622

256

333

1353

Lemongrass

120

56

Keffir lime leaves

2

Mint

25

182

5

Chives

2

5

6

Turmeric

98

1143

Curry leaves

3

2

3

Chili

360

43

137

128

Rosemary

2

8

9

Parsley

3

15

Basil

14

25

116

52

 

Animal

10343

8540

6003

6029

Quail meat

389

419

Quail eggs

2015

1820

1443

1170

Fish meat

Chicken eggs

7440

6720

4560

4440

Honey

499

 

 

Total

15179

19381

19882

21566

Rolling annual

15179

34560

54442

76008

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 6, 2021 at 0:47

Thanks Dianne.  I really love watching the produce shift with the seasons. A full year of this will provide me with all sorts of useful information. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 5, 2021 at 21:53

You are growing quite a mixed assortment of Vegies. Isn't it amazing what you can grow in a small space. Congrats for you last haul.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 1, 2021 at 13:42

And here is this month's total.  Up overall, despite being way down on eggs (I gave half my layers to some friends).  Tromboncino produced well, as did Rozie's red papaya. 

McDowall Manor Shedwars 21 Food Weights

Food

Weight in grams

 

January

February

March

April

Veg/Salad

1211

4864

5974

0

Green beans

307

365

88

 

Snake beans

26

 

Cucumbers

382

 

Shallots

508

559

610

 

Pigeon pea

14

 

Egg plant

177

 

Tromboncino

3462

4881

 

Sweet leaf

60

 

Capsicum

20

 

Kang Kong

237

271

 

Lettuce

64

18

 

 

 

Fruit

3003

5721

7572

0

Grapes

413

 

Tomatoes

546

92

598

 

Mangoes

1058

 

Red papaya

295

875

4495

 

Lemonaide

691

4564

1347

 

Passionfruit

97

 

Fiejoa

1035

 

Figs

190

 

 

 

Herbs

622

256

333

0

Lemongrass

120

56

 

Keffir lime leaves

2

 

Mint

25

182

5

 

Chives

2

5

 

Turmeric

98

 

Curry leaves

3

2

3

 

Chili

360

43

137

 

Rosemary

2

8

 

Parsley

3

 

Basil

14

25

116

 

 

 

Animal

10343

8540

6003

0

Quail meat

389

 

Quail eggs

2015

1820

1443

 

Fish meat

 

Chicken eggs

7440

6720

4560

 

Honey

499

 

 

 

Total

15179

19381

19882

0

 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 3, 2021 at 8:48

Congrads on the 20kg weight loss. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 2, 2021 at 15:00

You might say that I excel in keeping records. Hahahahahaha!  Get it?  Excel?  Jeez, tough crowd.

The other interesting thing is realising how much growing my own has changed my diet.  I eat completely different food, it varies by the season and I've never eaten such gourmet.  And to top it off, I lost 20 kg! 

I'll definitely share the calendar when it do it.  Feel free to take a copy and make it your own.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 2, 2021 at 9:58

You are so Organized, I am sure this has been a great help with future plantings. I don't think the value of homegrown produce can be measured in $$'s just in the satisfaction of growing and cooking is enough repayment.

Comment by Sophie on March 2, 2021 at 9:12

so satisfying! well done Andy!

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