Table II

Estimate Showing the Approximate Annual Expenses of Working a Freehold Market Garden of 10 Acres.

s.

d.

Rates, taxes, and insurance...

25

0

0

Labour -

1 foreman at 30s. per week

78

0

0

3 gardeners at 25s. „ each...

195

0

0

2 carters at 25s. „ „

130

0

0

3 women or girls at 10s. .........

78

0

0

3 boys at 10s................

78

0

0

Keep for 2 horses at 30s. weekly...

78

0

0

Manure, 200 tons at 5s. per ton.........

50

0

0

Depreciation on buildings, houses, horses, vans, etc.

60

0

0

Household expenses...

200

0

0

Interest on 3000 capital at 5 per cent ...

150

0

0

Seeds, bulbs, and miscellaneous ...

150

0

0

Coal or coke ...............

60

0

0

Total ............

1332

0

0

Thus the first year the market gardener will have to find about 3000 for capital expenses, 1330 for current expenses, making 4330 altogether. This is a large sum of money, but if well spent he should get some of it back from the sale of produce, such as vegetables, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, flowers. Fruit cannot be expected to yield an appreciable income for the first five years. The ground, however, between the fruit trees and bushes, if well cultivated and stocked with greenstuff, hardy flowers, etc, will not remain altogether unproductive, and it would be safe to assume that 9 ac. out of the 10 would yield an average gross return of 10s. per rod - that is to say, 1440 rods at 10s. per rod would yield about 720 per annum for the first five years. To this sum must be added the receipts from Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Chrysanthemums, and bedding stuff grown under glass, which may be put down at another 500, making a total revenue of 1220 per annum against an expenditure of 1330, which, however, includes 200 for household expenses.

It may be better to assume, however, that the 10-ac. market garden has been worked properly for the first six or seven years at an annual cost of 1330, and that the fruit trees and bushes are now in a progressive bearing condition, and yielding more and more fruit year after year.

After ten years' cultivation the annual receipts may be estimated as follows: -