The data have been entered. The numbers have been crunched. The harvest tally spreadsheet wiped a small bead of sweat from its brow.
The results of our 2012 Harvest Tally are in!
Each year we keep obsessive weight records of everything we grow. As soon as something is harvested, it gets weighed and recorded. At the end of the year I enter all the records into a spreadsheet and (with much anxious anticipation) add up the total.
Here’s how we’ve done in past years:
2009: 70 pounds
1 raised bed
2010: 112 pounds
3 raised beds
2011: 254 pounds
4 raised beds
Between each of these past years we’ve installed new raised beds, substantially increasing our growing space. A big part of the exponential curve in growth, though – beyond just sheer growing space – is our increase in experience and knowledge of how to grow the plants and maximize our space. I thought we did okay for our space in 2011, but knew there was still a lot of room for increases in efficiency. We didn’t add any raised beds in 2012, so this was our opportunity to increase production solely through increasing efficiency, rather than increasing space.
So! 2012. 4 raised beds.
The total is………
This makes me very happy – mostly because this is 51 pounds more than 2011 in the exact same space. And even in 2012, we had several crop failures (the melons were almost entirely wiped out, the winter squash didn’t do well, etc.), so I know we can still improve our yield in this existing space.
If you’re interested in the data data data (“I cannot make bricks without clay!”), feel free to mine our fully detailed spreadsheet.
I grouped the production records into plant groups so it’s easier to have an idea of what major types of plants contributed to our total.
- Alliums: 34 pounds
- Cucurbit fruits: 3 pounds
- Cucurbit vegetables: 37 pounds
- Fruits: 2 pounds
- Greens: 43 pounds
- Root vegetables: 56 pounds
- Tomatoes: 115 pounds
- “Orphans” (asparagus, beans, corn, okra): 14 pounds
So our biggest yielders: tomatoes, root vegetables and greens. MAN. Considering greens weigh almost nothing, I think that is an accomplishment. I felt like we ate a ton of greens last year, but this is the proof. And that’s exactly why we keep records.
So, how about you? How’d you do in 2012?