Back in the spring, I decided on a particular way of putting a value on what I grow in my garden. I kept track of what I was bringing in each week, entering in the values on a spreadsheet. My expenses for the year are stored in the same spreadsheet. And now, in this transition time between summer and fall, I’ve finally earned back the money I put into the garden! I estimate that I’ve gotten about $210 of produce from my garden this year.
One of the things that put me over the top this past weekend was a giant harvest of basil. This season has been bad for most vegetables, but it’s been absolutely fantastic for basil. The extreme heat, punctuated by occasional storms, has made the basil flourish out of control. So I kept starting more basil seedlings and planting them in the bare spots where other plants had failed.
I harvested about a pound of basil on Sunday! So of course I made a giant batch of pesto that I put into an ice cube tray for long-term storage. When my garden is bare and the air is frigid this winter, I’ll get out some pesto and think of summer. That’s some tasty profit right there.