April was a good month in the forest garden. Since the begining of the month, something from the garden has been on the plate every day and practically every meal at home. We’ve purchased almost no vegetables, except for a few pounds of potatoes, with most of our produce coming from the garden. Of course, we’re still addicted to oranges and bananas, drenched in oil and shipped from far-off lands, but our first fruit yields will start coming in soon. In a few years time, we’ll hopefully be producing enough storage fruit to keep us through to June.
Our total time spent doing gardening work was about 20 hours, and our yield was a minimum value of $1,200, earning us an hourly rate of over $50/hour for our work, and really, really cheap “prices” on amazing organic produce. And these are often “bargain basement” idealized prices, sometimes 1/10th of market rate for similar items, such as on the sunchokes, roses, and potted plants. At actual local market prices, that rate would probably be way higher, close to $100/hour, but since I haven’t actually got a market for those products, I’ve used much lower numbers.
(Dense edible ground covers of self-sown annuals and perennials is up and ready before most people have put in their gardens. Imagine if we had a market for all the food you see in this picture!)
Money for your time – this is where forest gardening really shines, compared to conventional gardening, where my time would probably be worth $3/hour and produce is extremely expensive, with actual prices for garden produce being comparable to the famous $30/tomato one journalist who tracked his garden inputs grew. It’s just nearly impossible to grow food for less than market rate using conventional gardening, making normal gardening an expensive hobby.
16 lbs spring root veggie blend, jerusalem artichokes, evening primrose root, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, crosnes, daylily tubers.
6 Mixed Greens Salads
7 packages spring green onions
1 packages chives
5 bulbs spring garlic, with greens
6 lbs of spring greens
5 boxes arugula
1 box Mache
2 small fennel bulbs
1 lovage stalk
2 dozen large asparagus spears
20+ kale broccolis
2 dozen+ fresh winecap mushrooms
Approx Minimum value: $200
3 rosa rugosa rubra and Frau
10 anise hyssop
5 chocolate mint
7 turkish rocket
7 brown-eyed susan
2 dozen sunchokes
Aprox minimum value: $1,000 April 26th.
Total Minimum Product Value: $1,200
Maintenance work total 14 hrs
2 mows, lawn-mower maintenance, potting and transplanting plants, bed preparation and spot mulching. Minor weeding. Bed edging.
New infrastructure set-up work.