Quantifying the haul from my yellow courgette and climbing bean harvest for 2017. It’s my first harvest roundup!
You may have seen on my Instagram and Twitter feeds and previous posts that I have been keeping a tally of the amount of harvest collected from some of the crops on my allotment this year. I’ve been nerdily weighing everything that makes it home. This year, for my harvest roundup, I concentrated on the yellow courgette and my two varieties of climbing bean; Cosse Violette and Trail of Tears.
This was for three main reasons;
- I’m a big geek
- To see if there was any difference in yields between varieties
- To see if I could justify the costs of keeping the allotment
Previously on the allotment
Harvest roundup: Yellow courgette
These plants were sourced from one of my favourite local nurseries, Hill House Nursery in Landscove, Devon. I got my allotment in April/May this year and so it felt like a late start to the season so I cheated with some purchased plants. I’ve lost/forgotten the name so I’ve been calling them ‘yellow courgette’ all year. I also bought a green variety but it’s been pants so hasn’t been worth tallying.
My total harvest haul comes to 1194g!
That’s near on 1.2kg from 2 plants. Not bad considering it was a dry start to the year.
I quick look at our nearest supermarket has standard green courgettes at £1.90/kg with the organic version (which I could claim) at £6.67/kg. So being generous I have saved £8. Since you can’t buy the superior yellow courgettes in supermarkets they are priceless.
Harvest roundup: Climbing beans
I chose two varieties to grow from seed this year. Cosse Violette I’ve grown before and I know they’re straightforward but beautiful on the allotment. I also went to Trail of Tears after hearing about it for years and I was interested to see what all the fuss was about.
Cosse Violette harvest: 2296g
Trail of Tears harvest: 2763g
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The standard green beans in the supermarket are £4.50/kg with the organic option £6.67 (are they choosing the same price for all organic veg?). So at around 5kg of produce, I’ve saved £33.75.