It is time for a gardening goal update. I defined my 2017 garden goals in a previous post.
Automate – Success for February
Not only did I automate temperature logging for January, I was able to get some additional automation completed for February, too. I set up automated emails to myself for my garden room temperature and humidity. I also created my own self-watering seedling trays. Using my self-watering trays I was able to go on vacation for 9 days in February and my plants would have been fine for about 2 weeks. If only I could automate seed planting (if you have ideas, let me know). I anticipate completing most of my automation during the beginning of the year to reap the benefits for the rest of the year.
Track time – Success for February
Overall, I spent about 8 hours on gardening in February, with an expected increase and I expect it will be even higher in March preparing new raised beds. This doesn’t include non-reoccurring items like creating the temperature sensor or planning.
Total time spent:
- January – 4 hours
- February – 8 hours
Total: 12 hours this year
Reduce food bill/be frugal – In progress
Savings: The only home-grown produce we ate this month was garlic. I priced garlic at the grocery store for $1.09 a head and estimated we ate at least 8 for a total of $8.72 saved. I plan to plant some microgreens soon, which will likely produce a harvest soon. I am not sure when the snow peas that I planted last fall will start to provide a harvest, but I am definitely ready for some home-grown fresh peas.
Spending: I spent $22.95 on the High-power Power Relay. I expect my spending to go up quite a bit for March because I will be purchasing soil for my raised beds. Fortunately, this will be a one-time cost for this year. I will only need compost amendments next year.
Overall, my total was -$14.32 for February. I was able to use more of my harvest from last fall and I purchased less, causing my overall cost to be less than January.
Total spending/saving for the year:
- January: -$70.08
- February: -$14.23
Healthier eating and little waste – In progress
Healthier eating: Nothing improved because we haven’t harvested any food yet.
Little waste: We didn’t waste any harvested food this month, but we didn’t harvest any either. My garlic from the fall is still looking good. I keep monitoring it for signs that I need to start to preserve it.
Organic gardening – Success for February
I used bat guano containing potassium for liquid fertilizer for my strawberry plants. I used bone meal, blood meal, and potassium sulfate for fertilizing my established garden beds. All of the fertilizers are organic.
Previous organic products used:
Expanding garden – more successful produce output – In progress
My husband is building 10 new garden beds. He wasn’t able to make any progress on the garden beds this month because he was busy, but he will get a little more time to work on it this month. I expanded my seedling growing area indoors and I should get more microgreens to harvest in March.
Experiment along the way and always improve – Success for February
I was able to see the results from experimenting with the impacts of snow on garlic under row cover and not using row cover.
- January: Monitoring gardening room temperature variations, creating seedling fertilizer, and organic powdery mildew treatment with a staple household item.
Have you been successful with any of your goals? What do you have planned for March? I would love to hear what they are in the comments!
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