Return on Investment (ROI) is a term that is frequently used to describe the effectiveness of business.
One day this summer I was harvesting new potatoes for dinner when it occurred to me what a good ROI I get from gardening.
One chunk of potato, perhaps a quarter of a potato, yielded enough potatoes for four of us for dinner, with a few leftover for hash browns with our eggs the next morning.
One seed packet of beans yielded us many meals of steamed green beans this summer. Our kale is flourishing, more than enough for us and half the neighbours!
That’s just the produce. That doesn’t include the free Vitamin D, exercise without paying for a gym pass, and peace of mind working through my problems while I garden rather than lying on a shrink’s couch at $300/hour.
Yes, the Return on Investment from gardening is huge. You should try it.
As the growing season ends, a new era in the garden begins. Like late-summer lettuce it can be bittersweet!
Harvest is upon us.
Tomatoes on every plate at every meal.
The green beans have finally relented!
And salads with a true mix of greens (kale, beets, three lettuces, arugula, basil, chives, violets, nasturtiums and more) are the highlight of each meal.
While we enjoy the fruits of our summer efforts, we also know it’s time to wind down the garden and begin planning for next year.
We have an exciting program lined up for our September 23 Grow Food Calgary Session. Here’s what you need to know:
Garden Pictures: We’ll present a slide show of all our gardens. Please share pictures of your garden (send to: Shelley@ShelleyGoldbeck.com). They don’t have to be pretty. We want to learn from the things that didn’t do well too. Deadline for submitting photos is September 15, 2017. See Lisa’s photos here: http://growfoodcalgary.com/gardeners-gallery-lisa
2. Harvest Fair and Share:
Bring samples of your produce to show off. Petite prizes will be awarded for the produce, presentation, passion, and pleasure you convey! If you have an abundance of zucchini or bushels of apples, we encourage you to bring your excess for sharing.
3. Our guest speaker this month is Malika the mushroom lady who will show us how easy it is to grow our own mushrooms.
4. We’ll be talking about collecting seeds from the garden, planting fall crops, and bedding down your garden for winter.5. After class Bonus!Sharp’s Farm Tour: From 1 to 2PM. Tour a working veggie patch. No kids or pets. More information to come, including car-pooling options. Pencil it in your schedule.Invite your friends. Tickets are available at: www.growfoodcalgary.com/register
As always, we welcome your questions. We look forward to sharing your garden experiences.
Watch for our next program update coming next week.
#1- I learnt the power of Azomite- ground rock dust that adds minerals. In my test patch the carrots and onions grew double the size in the same time period as they did in the non-azomite patch (I will speak to this more on the September 23).
#2- I learnt to label things well: the baby watermelon plant that a friend gave to me turned out to be a pumpkin! (See pics of the mystery squash growing, including the flower.)