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The End of July Mega-Harvest

So, this the post where I show you how you can harvest 150 euros worth organic of vegetables from a Planty Garden.

I started in the first week of March, now it's early August.
This was May: 
The Mega Harvest Garden on 27 May

How's it going so far?

This was the end of April:
The Planty Garden on 28 April 2017
At the end of June: 
And now: 
The Planty Garden 4 August

What is in the raised bed now?

From left to right:
Row 1
The endive is already starting to grow a lot.
The Asian salad mix  is not looking as good. On closer inspection I found the culprits:
Caterpillar bite marks on the leaves
Notice how the raised bed is not nearly as full as it was at the end of June? This is mainly because a number of square patches have just been sown again.
I pick off the caterpillars, sprinkle with pepper spray, and make a fresh batch of garlic spray. I'll watch it for another week but if the little plants don't recover, I'll sow the square patch with something else. Winter purslane or something.

Open the box of tricks against caterpillars.

In the third square patch, I sowed 9 holes with picking lettuce last week. It is already coming up nicely: I want to harvest the leaves while they are still small.

The heads of lettuce in the fourth square patch I harvested in mid-July. From the arugula that are there now, I already harvest an occasional leaf. Arugula is not nearly as beautiful now as it was in the spring and shoots quickly. But every leaf is welcome.

Row 2

The red beets are beautiful and most are already ready to harvest. They are by no means all the same size and the smaller ones I will leave a little longer.
Beets: ready to harvest
In the second square patch there is also loose leaf lettuce. Here are four plants that I let grow into larger heads. Pick lettuce is doing better than head lettuce at this time. Unfortunately, the plants have been eaten by a snail. I have already found it ;-)

In the third square patch, I have just sown romaine lettuce. I harvested the last carrots here last week:

The last carrots and a couple freshly harvested radishes
The parsley in the fourth square patch is still growing.

Row 3

The plants of the chard grow slowly. Probably because they have been eaten.

The chard is still pretty small
Chives are not as pretty as they used to be but still have a good taste.

The palm cabbage is a delicacy for butterflies: they fly off and on.

By far the best solution is to harvest the beautiful leaves as quickly and often as possible: they make the most delicious white bean soup:

I defend the remainder of the plant with pepper and garlic spray: just like the Asian pick lettuce.

In the last square patch are stem beans. The little plants are still small. I actually sowed them too late: only in mid-July. But they did come up nicely.

Row 4

The climbing zucchini in the second square patch is getting so big now, that I didn't sow the first square patch again.

In the third square patch are the French beans. The plants are still not looking great, but the harvest is not at all disappointing. I've harvested almost half a kilo already, and new beans keep growing. Delicious!
The first tomatoes I could harvest in the last week of July. In the store you pay a fortune for them: 3.75 euros per 250 grams. There are still quite a few bunches hanging around: that makes it worthwhile.

The July harvest

Everything I harvest from this raised bed I weigh and write down.

The prices in question are for organic vegetables, which I found on the Internet. For most vegetables I use the prices of AH, but if I can't find them there I get them from organic supermarkets like the Ekonoom.

In a row:

  • 90 grams snow peas at 3,99 euro / 150 grams = 2,40 euro
  • 625 grams mixed lettuce ad 2,29 euro / 200 grams = 7,15 euro
  • 140 grams parsley ad 1,49 euro / 15 grams = 13,90 euro
  • 45 grams chives ad 1,39 euro / 25 grams = 2,50 euro
  • 45 grams arugula ad 0,99 euro / 40 grams = 1, 10 euro
  • 475 grams dino kale at 3,98 euro / 500 gram = 3,80 euro
  • 410 grams string bean ad 2,69 euro / 300 gram = 3,65 euro
  • 180 grams of extra sweet cherry tomatoes at 3,75 euro / 250 gram = 2,70 euro
  • 1 large bunch of carrots at 3,50 euro = 3,50
  • 2 bunch of radishes at 1,49 euro per bunch = 3 euro
  • 3 zucchinis at 1. 79 Euros = 5.35

Total Yield July: 49.05 Euros.

Yield April: 2 Euros.

Yield May: 23 Euros.

Yield June: 51.30 Euro.

Total income till the end of July: 125,35 Euro.

That's getting close to 150 Euros. If it continues like this, we will surpass it. :-)
The coming period

It's going to stay pretty warm for the next while, with a few days of rain as well. Good for the garden? Partly. Because that rain could throw a spanner in the works. Or rather: in the tomatoes.

Tomato plants are particularly susceptible to the dreaded potato blight in humid, warm weather. The leaves turn brown, the stems develop spots, and the tomatoes turn brownish before they ripen.

One plant quickly infects the other, so I regularly walk past the plants with a magnifying glass.

Read more about potato or tomato blight on this post from last year.

So far so good. My fingers are crossed that it stays that way. Then I can add quite a few euros by the end of August.

Until then!


The growth so far

Most raised beds are a bit of a mess in the middle of summer. They are still doing fine, but for some greens it is too hot, they shoot through quickly, or they turn a bit yellow.

The trick is to harvest often and a lot and to accept the less attractive appearance.

Because the last few weeks it rained a lot, and yet it was quite warm, there are also many snails.

Unfortunately, I noticed that a little too late. So it is time for the box of tricks against slugs and snails.
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