2017 Vegetable Garden Totals

This year was the first year that I’ve ever tracked how much came out of the garden by weight. Normally, I’m fairly meticulous about what is being planted and where, but I’ve never taken the time to measure my efforts. And although it was quite tedious to weigh everything (especially the thousands of ground cherries) I thoroughly enjoyed the results.

When I set out to begin measuring, I choose to measure by ounces first and once the harvest reached 16oz, switch to pounds. This is why you’ll notice ‘x’ amount of pounds followed by ‘x’ amount in ounces. Knowing that 16 ounces equals a pound, it became easy to record the progress. One thing I did not measure was anything that came out of the herb garden. I decided this was too much of a hassle and half of the stuff never got pulled out as it comes back next year. So with that in mind, let’s take a quick look at how things went this year.

Top 5 by Weight

First I thought it would be fun to look at what did the best. And to be honest, this is just measuring the performance via weight. My ground cherry plants produced so many berries, but they barely weigh an ounce, which skews the results a bit. But by weight here are the 5 that performed the best.

Bottom 5 by Weight

It wouldn’t be fair to just post the successes. I had a number of plants that did not perform well this year. This includes something that I’m normally fairly good at (Broccoli). I will say that because some of these did not produce, my wife was quite happy. Does anyone else find it hard to get their family to eat certain vegetables? These are the five plants that were at the bottom when it came to harvest weight.

*There were many more green onions that were not harvested or weighed.

Next year, I hope to improve those bottom five plants and bring them to a much more respectable weight.

The Failures

There were, however, a few plants that did worse. These ones did not even post a weight because of one reason or another. Unfortunately, it is hard to count on everything to perform well each year. And this year was no exception. Take a look at the five plants that failed miserably in the 2017 garden.  

*Beets produced, but were two small for use.

Even though there were a few plants that did not do so well. I can not complain as the grand total by weight was completely unexpected this year. It may not seem like much, but for a family of two, I am pretty happy. Here is the total amount by weight of berries and vegetables produced.

I am already planning next year in my head and have a new number to shoot for. It will be interesting to compare the harvest of 2018 to 2017. If you want to see exact numbers, take a look at the Yield page and see how much of your favorite berry or vegetable was produced.

What I will say is that 500 pounds is in my sites for next year!

How well did you do this year? Post your numbers in the comments below!

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Geoff has been growing plants and vegetables consistently for the last 6 years and actively experiments with, and writes about, all aspects of gardening.

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