Since I planted the garden I've been trying to record the different yields as best I can. I keep a note of all the produce day to day by writing down the type and weight when I can. Sometimes it isn't practical to weigh the produce so I make a note of how many items instead and estimate the weight.
This year had a really warm start and it has brought on everything earlier than last year. Apart from the evergreen herbs like rosemary and sage and some small amounts of kindling wood, the first products from the garden this year were herbs like chives, lemon balm, salad burnet and spearmint. These are much more abundant than last year. The first crop in any quantity was rhubarb, which was harvested mostly in April this year compared to May and June in 2010. The strawberries were the first proper fruit and were earlier this year starting in May and going on into June. Late May also saw the first raspberries. I have a few different varieties in the garden, including an unknown yellow variety which has been prolific so far. June saw lots of fruit with tayberries, redcurrants, whitecurrants, alpine strawberries and sweet cherries. It was exciting to get some decent redcurrants this year.
June also saw the first garlic harvest. In addition to the perennial crops I make some room for potatoes in bags and courgettes in pots. The first earlies were harvested in June as well as the first few courgettes. At this stage of development these annual crops make a big difference to the production of the garden.
I've been updating the list of produce in the side bar of the blog. I went back and compared the produce from last year to this year. So far it's looking good. The graph below shows the total weight month by month.
The outlook for the rest of the year is pretty good. However, the really warm weather in spring seems to have reduced the yields of some things like the sour cherry. The mature pear tree looks as though it may have gone biennial with a bumper crop last year and very little fruit this year. The mature apple tree also produced a lot of the top fruit last year and I have cut most of that back this year to graft it. However, some of the newly planted apples and pears are bearing some fruit this year. I suspect I'll get less in total this year, but spread out more usefully over a longer time. In the long run I expect the top fruit will start to become a more important part of the garden output and other trees like the quince, hawthorn and mulberry will start to bear. In the meantime the Redsleeves apple has already got full sized fruit on it. I can't wait to try them, but I'll bide my time ...