Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Three point nine pounds.

Lately I've been feeling the need for affirmation that the work I do in our home is valuable. Not that Jonathan doesn't tell me he appreciates the effort I put into hour home, but words aren't tangible; you can't quantify them like you can a paycheck...

I've gotten in the habit of weighing our garden produce when I bring it in. It shows me what grows well here, and what I might like to plant more of next year. I'd like to figure out how much money we'd spend on the food we can grow by comparing how much I've harvested to the prices at the market. And I realized today, it gives me a value that I can hold up and say "through all that hard and yucky work of sifting compost and picking bugs off of things, I earned this!"

harvesting, the best part.

first meal 100% garden grown. lettuce, peas, calendula petals.

coming soon: our first carrot!

Three point nine pounds was the figure, in case you're wondering. Three point nine pounds of homegrown produce, in one month! Most of which was chard, kale, arugula, and leaf lettuce. Let's rephrase that...not three point nine pounds of produce but three point nine pounds of leaves!!

Dang. That's a lot of leaves. Now I'm really stoked about harvesting tomatoes...of which I will theoretically have about 12 plants...imagine the poundage!!! I'll beat 3.9 pounds in 5 tomatoes or less!!

Lest I get carried away, however, I must remember: You can't put value on the mystery of nature. It is amazingly interconnected (worms & germs = dirt = plants = food = us) and amazingly beautiful.

the beauty of an average backyard veggie plot? priceless.


justumbo said...

your carrot is really cute :) I think you should name it Ned!

Kimberly said...

Maybe someday, when I have a space- I will beg you to teach me how to avoid killing plants. I have managed to kill every living thing I have either bought or been gifted. My aunt once tried a fool-proof gift- a dessert cactus flower, virtually indestructible. It was dead within a few weeks, poor little thing.

I admire your venturesome spirit and dedication to your lovely garden and look forward to reading more of your experiences. ^.^

Little Home In The Country said...

Well done! :) It's such a tremendous feeling of satisfaction to harvest food that you have grown from seed. Eating a 100% homegrown meal is an experience not to forget! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Meg,

Your garden looks fabulous! Just wanted to say hi. I see you on Rhonda's forum and enjoy your comments. Great blog!

Let me know if you ever want to trade plants sometime, or have a cup of coffee!

(awakened soul)