Second Salad Harvest

We did a lot of things out in the garden today, but for most gardeners the truly fun part is the harvesting! The radishes and mesclun had been getting pretty big, so it was time to pick.

Big radishThe radishes doubled in size over the weekend. Time to pull them!

Radish bunchThe radishes were about a bunch and a half, since they are a bit bigger than you’d find in the grocery store. Also much more beautiful and fresher!

Organic radishes sell for $1.39 per bunch. This harvest is about $2.08 worth of radishes.

Harvesting saladWe harvested all the large leaves from the mesclun, the largest spinach leaves, and some of the largest lettuce leaves. We ended up with a bag full!

Bag of saladOur estimate, (with the help of a not-very-precise scale) is that we harvested about 10 oz. of salad mix. 12 oz. if you count the water and dirt!

10 oz. of organic spring salad mix is $6.40.

Our total dollar amount for harvests out of the Family of 4 garden is $12.17. Not too shabby! We have definitely covered our seed costs at this point.

Just a note on using the term “organic”. Our garden is not certified organic, therefore we could not sell what we are growing as organic produce. However, we have not used any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in growing the produce so far. Therefore, I feel that it is reasonable to compare the prices to organic produce. The quality is equal if not better than the organic produce would be.

Also, we are not opposed to the safe and correct use of non-organic pest control products or fertilizers. We will probably use them at times over the summer. So far, though, it has been unnecessary for these crops.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 5, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden, Harvesting & Eating and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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