Sunday, 3 June 2018

March 2018 harvest summary

Weight   0.694 kg

Garden crops

Weight g

Shop price

Brussels sprout
Brassica leaves226£0.25
Babington's leeks92£0.70
Pea shoots56£1.20
Spring onions34£0.50

Ramsons, red veined sorrel

February 2018 in pictures

February is always a relatively quiet month in the garden, so it's a good time to do some stock taking. We have enough jam, marmalade, chutneys and pickles in the cupboards to keep us going for most of the year or at least until harvest time when more will be prepared. We're down to two bottles of elderberry syrup but they should see us through the rest of the winter and any coughs and colds we might develop.

It's also a good opportunity to tidy up the bookshelves and take an inventory of what we have and note what is still to be read! 
Meanwhile, outside the celery that I grew from the remains of a bunch I bought in the local supermarket has survived the bad weather and I found an overcrowded clump of spring onions. I suspect a whole packet had dropped out of my pocket some time in the autumn and was then mulched and covered over with compost. Time to thin out and eat!

We are now down to our last home grown squash. It's the second monster squash, which weighed in at 3.2kg. We may be eating it for some time! We are still harvesting some kale, cavolo nero and Babingtons leeks, and we have had the first pea shoots of the season (grown on the window sill). 
One of our lunches this month: squash and leek risotto, accompanied by puy lentils with leek and cavolo nero and pea shoots as a garnish.

And finally, the daffodils are coming out in what we call our "front patch". One could almost believe that spring is around the corner but the forecast for the beginning of March is not good.We could be seeing some heavy snow.

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