While I’m pretty sure that my garden would never rake in nearly as much as theirs does — partly because I don’t have all the crazy fruit trees and shrubs that they do, and my garden is much smaller, but mostly because chipmunks/rabbits/other vermin seem to eat most of the harvest — I was curious, after doing this year’s seed shopping, to know whether or not I would manage to break even over the course of a year. (My prediction: not hopeful.)
So, in the spirit of carrying on in their little leave of absence, I started keeping track. Here’s how the garden’s progressed so far in 2010:
|February||1||$23.73||—||Seeds and soil test kit|
I know: exciting eh? I hope to keep updating as the months get warmer, although I’m not promising to supplement the tally with monthly summaries the way JD did. (What? I know my limits!)
One other perk I’m hoping to derive from this (aside from motivation to not forget about the garden when it’s been razed to the ground by toothy rodents) is to really figure out how much time I spend in the garden.
The time I remember spending tends to be for large spans: getting a bed ready, clearing out all of the previous owners’ hideous shrubs in a fit of rage, measuring, planning, then digging up a stretch for a herb garden, fertilizing, etc. Due to this imbalance, I tend to tell myself that if I don’t have a goodly stretch of time, I won’t be able to get anything worthwhile done, despite the fact that I know this to be untrue.
So, with a little time-accounting going on, maybe I’ll start to make it more obvious to myself that ten minutes spent here or there weeding or sowing another crop are just as valuable as all the “major overhaul” type tasks I do think of.