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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 Dianne Caswell on July 4, 2021 at 6:51

I see your Passionfruit & Kumquats are stars of the show. Love how you have been so diligent in continuing with your List. We certainly have a lot of Salad Greens here at the moment as well as Mandarins, Limes a Plenty, Pawpaw, Atherton Raspberries, Guavas and Panama Berries. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 3, 2021 at 15:48

It's funny.  I still find the weights strange.  670g of gooseberries was a heck of a lot.  I also still really value the herbs. 

Comment by Valerie on July 3, 2021 at 15:00

That's impressive. My list would not be very long at the moment. It would read: pumpkin: lots. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 2, 2021 at 19:04

No Barbara.  I will keep it up for 12 months though.  I just photograph what I weigh and put it in a spreadsheet each night.  I'll use the crops to work backwards so I know what to plant when. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on July 2, 2021 at 15:45

Are you still involved with SHEDWARS21, Andy?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 2, 2021 at 15:10

Yep. They did very poorly for me. It's overall not very impressive but it will help me with a gardening calendar. 

Comment by Dave Riley on July 2, 2021 at 1:39

Is this all in grams?

16 grams of snake beans?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 1, 2021 at 13:31
Really glad I started doing this.

Food

Weight in grams

 

 

January

February

March

April

May

June

 

Veg/Salad

1211

4864

5974

10423

3389

3041

 

Green beans

307

365

88

 

Snake beans

26

16

 

Madagascar beans

214

2197

587

 

Cucumbers

382

 

Shallots

508

559

610

154

495

516

 

Pigeon pea

14

 

Egg plant

177

233

262

252

 

Tromboncino

3462

4881

8935

 

Sweet leaf

60

75

 

Capsicum

20

 

Silverbeet

435

1686

 

Kang Kong

237

271

796

 

Lettuce

64

18

 

 

 

Fruit

3003

5721

7572

3744

3566

12455

 

Grapes

413

27

 

Tomatoes

546

92

598

180

356

315

 

Mangoes

1058

 

Red papaya

295

875

4495

2206

 

Lemonaide

691

4564

1347

494

678

 

Orange

357

91

 

Lemon

291

 

Lime

16

 

Kumquat

2504

7961

 

Gooseberry

111

672

 

Passionfruit

97

405

461

2447

 

Fiejoa

1035

86

 

Strawberry Guava

107

 

Figs

190

 

 

 

Herbs

622

256

333

1353

331

423

 

Lemongrass

120

56

114

31

 

Keffir lime leaves

2

3

 

Mint

25

182

5

 

Chives

2

5

6

 

Turmeric

98

1143

45

 

Ginger

60

196

 

Curry leaves

3

2

3

 

Chili

360

43

137

128

 

Rosemary

2

8

9

3

 

Parsley

3

15

100

 

Basil

14

25

116

52

151

51

 

 

 

Animal

10343

8540

6003

6029

5634

3480

 

Quail meat

389

419

 

Quail eggs

2015

1820

1443

1170

1014

780

 

Fish meat

 

Chicken eggs

7440

6720

4560

4440

4620

2700

 

Honey

499

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

15179

19381

19882

21549

12920

19399

 

Rolling annual

15179

34560

54442

75991

88911

108310

 

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!

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