|This Morning’s Harvest!|
We planted our very first Vegetable Garden this spring. I love my flower gardens and have enjoyed planting and caring for them, but food is a completely different animal. After I presented the first little batch of green beans to the family at the dinner table I felt a very strong mixture of emotions. I felt pleased, happy, strong, content, proud, secure, giddy, loved, joyful, obedient and some I don’t have words for.
Next year will be better. I’ve learned a lot of very important lessons. For example: don’t let the dog out unsupervised until we have a fence around the veggies. Not pleasant. I will be expanding and staggering my planting so hopefully we can get a larger yield for my tiny planting area. Thank goodness for the internet, I’ll be doing a ton of research this winter while my yard is under snow.
I’m also very interested in how much money can actually be saved by planting a garden. As such, I have been keeping track of just how much produce we have harvested from our little plot. I’ve also computed about how much I would have spent at the grocery store for the same amount of produce. You can check out the spreadsheet here:
Next year I want to track my expenses as well to see if I break even. But, even if I don’t the pleasure of providing food which we have grown ourselves far outweighs any difference in expense.