Here is a rough estimate of the cost:
$25 plot rental
$30 to have a guy rotatill it
about $40 in seed and plants
$20 in supplies (tomato cages, trellis for peas, peat pots, soil, etc.)
About $115 all together
Approximately what I got off of the garden:
2 meals of peas
3 meals of beans
1 meal of potatoes
8 tiny onions
4 small butternut squash
6 large freezer bags of carrots - this was my most successful crop
2 cucumbers - and they were horribly misshapen
Zucchini - they had crossed with a winter squash that was planted nearby and so they were seedy and had hard skins
A very small amount of tomatoes - some Sungold Cherry tomatoes and about 20 Roma's & regular tomatoes.
2 teeny tiny red peppers
The spinach bolted before I had a chance to pick any of it. The cantaloupe, one of the watermelon, one zucchini, and two cucumbers I had planted all died. The watermelon plant that survived was only just flowering this week when I pulled it out, as were the remaining cucumber plants.
I realize that I was not as attentive as I could/should have been this summer, but it still didn't account for the poor harvests I was getting off of my plants, particularly the tomato plants. In Castor I planted these same tomatoes and had such enormous crops that in 2009 I made a double batch of salsa, a batch of green tomato chow, a double batch of ketchup and froze two large Tupperware containers of oven roasted tomatoes that I use in soups, sauces, scrambled eggs, sandwiches and almost anything I can think to put them in.
|Half Roma tomatoes, scoop out seeds & pulp, brush with olive oil,|
sprinkle with salt & pepper and roast at 200° for 3 hours.