Wintery conditions are hitting southwest Michigan (snow accumulation tomorrow night), so the girls (Marie, Meg, and Tess) and I cleared out the remaining produce last night. It was a huge haul: two pumpkins, five squash, handful of gourds, many (1,000 or more?) cherry tomatoes, fifty or so regular tomatoes, dozens of sweet banana peppers, bags and bags of chard and kale, a few small heads of broccoli. This, after a highly productive September/early October.
I’m guessing my garden yielded about $800-$900 in produce this year. Nothing great, but it’s still tax-free, so it’s roughly equivalent, money-wise, to a $1,200 bonus at work. Given the amount of time I put into it this year, it works out to about $4 an hour.
But if my plan comes together, I will have to spend far less time gardening in future years and spend far less money (the garden operated at a loss this year, but most of my expenditures were of the capital sort that shouldn’t be incurred every year; if I depreciate the capital expenditures over seven years, using the IRS double-declining balance approach . . .).Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList