Monday, 30 April 2018

February 2018 Harvest Summary

Weight   1.442 kg

Garden harvest shop/market price £7.85

Garden crops

Weight g

Shop price

Brussels sprout
Babington's leeks240£1.20
Brassica leaves234£0.25
Cavolo nero204£1.50
Curly kale134£1.34
Spring onions40£0.60
Pea shoots8£0.16

Herbs - estimate £2.00

January 2018 in pictures

January is generally a quiet month spent mostly ordering and sorting seeds, and planning the sowings and plantings for the coming year. Towards the end of the month I started testing some of the older pea seeds in the Reading Food Growing Network's seed swap boxes for viability. Most of the packets had good rates of germination and high enough to be included in the swap boxes for another year. It is, of course, far too early to plant out the seeds once they have germinated so they go into pots on the kitchen window sill and the pea shoots add a welcome variety to our winter salads.

It's also the time of year when I go through the seeds I already have and donate the surplus to the RFGN seed swap.

We had some snow and cold weather in Caversham. The snow was quite impressive while it was coming down but it didn't last long on the ground. SI really hope that we don't have long drawn out cold spell this spring as we have over the last couple of years.

January 2018 harvest summary

Weight  2.306 kg

Garden harvest shop/market price £9.69

Garden crops

Weight g

Shop price

Cabbage/brassica leaves
Brussels sprouts634£2.54
Cavolo nero330£2.23
Babington's leek106£0.54
Swiss chard102£0.80
Curly kale58£0.58

Herbs - estimate £2.00

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

December 2017 in pictures

This month saw the first snow of the winter and some heavy overnight frosts. 

We are steadily eating our way through the winter squashes, but it looks as though we shall still have some for January at least.

The Babington's leeks are ready for harvesting and, after three years in the ground, a few clumps now need thinning out.

There are plenty of brussels sprouts in the garden, a few parsnips and some "volunteer" potatoes that were found lurking around the edge of the compost heap. I had hoped to have more from some late plantings in the growing sacks, but the foliage was completely flattened when the fence panels came down in the September storms. Better luck next year!

December is when I place my orders for fresh seeds and new varieties, but first I have to organise my existing stock so that I can see what I already have. That took half a day to do and then I could work out what I needed to order from the seed suppliers. My next task will be to create my sowing diary for the coming year.

December 2017 Harvest Summary

Weight 2.940 kg

Garden harvest shop/market price £9.14


Garden crops

Weight g

Shop price

Brussels sprouts736£3.21
Cabbage/brassica leaves396£0.45
Babington's Leeks286£0.66
Jerusalem artichokes130£0.50

Herbs - estimate £2.00

Sunday, 24 December 2017

November 2017 harvest summary

Weight 2.862 kg

Garden harvest shop/market price £6.95

Foraged £2.30


Garden crops

Weight g

Shop price

Runner beans234£0.84
Jerusalem artichokes186£0.65


Weight g

Shop price


Herbs - estimate £2.00

November 2017 in pictures

Our dividing fence was finally replaced at the end of November. We had tried to prop up the lose panels in various ways but we had a series of strong winds over the month that resulted in them disintegrating even further. Once the work had started, the chap who was doing the work for us said that the posts were still good apart from the parts that had rotted underground and suggested that we reuse them. The rotten pieces were sawn off and the posts placed in metal fence post spikes. They shouldn't rot so easily and the fence will be easier to maintain. Unfortunately, three of the panels were irredeemable and had to be replaced.

On the opposite side a series of frosts resulted in the end of the squash plants and the remaining runner beans. The brussels are doing well, though.
And the garlic finally arrived. Last year, I carefully labelled their positions with name of the variety but when I came to harvest them the labels had vanished! This year, as well as placing labels in the ground, I have kept a note of what has gone where. 
A bonus crop of volunteer potatoes found whilst turning over the compost heap. There may be a few more lurking around the edges. 

And finally for this some month, some reading matter for the dark winter evenings. The Minimalist Gardener by Patrick Whitefield is a collection of articles on permaculture and growing fruit and veg, including tips and advice for small urban gardens.  See The Minimalist Gardener for further details.