Family of 4 Garden Update

Yesterday was so busy that I didn’t have time to stop and share an update about what we did in the garden! While we didn’t do a lot of work in the Family of 4 Garden, we did harvest some peppers, and we trimmed the tops and weighed the onions we pulled last week.

PeppersWe harvested 2 banana peppers, 6 Padron peppers, 1 Jalapeno, and 1 tiny orange bell pepper that for some reason didn’t grow to full size. They weighed in at 1/2 lb, and at the “Assorted Peppers” price ($1.59/lb), that’s about 80 cents. But, there will be lots more peppers to come!

Dried OnionsThe Red Candy onions weighed in at 7 pounds, and the Texas 1015Y onions weighed 2.5 pounds. Onions are usually about $1.00/lb, so that’s $9.50 worth of onions. Since we spent $6 on the onion transplants, we didn’t get a great yield on them. I think it would have been better if the spring had not been so wet. Ah well, that’s gardening for you!

Last week’s harvest of 3 lbs of cabbage, 2 lbs beets, fennel, and basil was worth $13. This all brings the total value of the Family of 4 Garden harvests up to $104.67 for the year. This covers the total cost of all the seeds, potting soil, and fertilizer. We are still about $210 short of covering all the one-time costs of the garden for a new gardener, but we still have 4+ months of gardening to go, and the tomatoes are not yet ripe.

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 July 8, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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