Tuesday, 19 March 2019

February 2019 in pictures

February turned out to be a very strange month. We had a spell of unusually warm weather, which made it very tempting to start sowing outdoors. Bearing in mind that we had heavy snow falls in March last year, it was a temptation that was best resisted and we stuck to starting off veg seeds in modules indoors. 

The remaining cabbages were starting to form nice compact heads and there were some Brussels sprouts left. With outdoor temperatures increasing, temporarily at least, the brassicas and kales all started to bolt, and some even began to form seed heads. So there won't be any more solid heads of cabbage from the current plants. Looking on the bright side, though, we do have a steady supply of spring greens, sprouting "broccoli" type flowers, and plenty of young chard.  




The strawberry plants were flourishing and the weather was ideal for thinning out the plants and runners. They've been potted up for sharing with friends and local food growing groups.  


Sunday, 17 March 2019

February 2019 harvest summary

Weight 1.098 kg

Salad leaves: £1 
Herbs: £2
Total for main garden crops: £5.02

Garden produce price: £8.02

TOTAL SHOP/MARKET PRICE £8.02




Garden crops

Weight g


Shop price

Cavolo nero157£1.18
Sprouting broccoli90£0.78
Babington's leeks 103£0.89
Brussels sprouts360£0.75
Swiss chard83£0.65
Cabbage/brassica leaves317£0.65
















January 2019 in pictures

January is always a quiet month with very little to do in the garden other than keep everything tidy, minimal weeding and watch out for heavy frosts. We had a few overnight this month and I did wonder if they would affect our rhubarb which had already sprung into action. It seems to have survived the freezing temperatures as have the overwintered broad beans that have been planted amongst the Brussel's sprouts.





We decided, though, to cut the remaining overwintering lettuces that were growing in a pot but I wonder if they would have survived the cold snap had I left them.


Most of the garden work has been indoor - checking seed catalogues and taking an inventory of what we already have. 




Friday, 1 February 2019

January 2019 harvest summary

Weight 1.179 kg

Salad leaves: £1.50 
Herbs: £2
Total for main garden crops: £5.25

Garden produce price: £8.75

TOTAL SHOP/MARKET PRICE £8.75




Garden crops

Weight g


Shop price

Brussels sprouts570£1.71
Cabbage/brassica leaves404£1.01
Broccoli60£0.60
Swiss chard59£0.50
Pea shoots57£1.14
Curly kale 29£0.29















November and December 2018 in pictures

There have been a few heavy frosts during the latter part of November and some of December, but in general the weather has been surprisingly mild for the time of  year. 

Brassicas are doing well, including the Brussels sprouts, cabbages and broccoli - and there are even some self sown plants popping up around the garden (brassicas and Swiss chard). I don't normally pull up the cabbage and broccoli plants when I harvest them but leave them to grow spring greens from side shoots. I also sometimes let one or two Swiss chard plants go to seed. It is only when I need the space to plant out seedlings or sow crops that I remove the whole plant.





The radicchio plants are lasting well with frequent cutting and the few parsnips that did germinate this year gave us some huge roots and more than enough for our Christmas dinner and meals into the New Year. 
We've netted over some of the areas not primarily to protect the plants against frost but to stop the pigeons nibbling the plants. Even the plants in the raised beds next to the kitchen and bathroom extension are not immune! 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

December 2018 harvest summary

Weight 3.074 kg

Herbs: £2
Total for main garden crops: £13.97

Garden produce price: £15.97

TOTAL SHOP/MARKET PRICE £15.97




Garden crops

Weight g


Shop price

Brussels sprouts685£1.71
Parsnips411£0.62
Jerusalem artichokes388£1.36
Cauliflower382£1.80
Cabbage/brassica leaves300£0.60
Cavolo nero291£2.18
Horseradish220£2.00
Broccoli211£2.31
Swiss chard186£1.40






November 2018 harvest summary

Weight 1.102 kg

Salad leaves: £2
Herbs: £2
Total for other garden crops: £6.02

Garden produce price: £10.02

TOTAL SHOP/MARKET PRICE £10.02





Garden crops

Weight g


Shop price

Parsnips330£0.47
Cabbage/brassica leaves236£0.90
Jerusalem artichokes126£0.45
Cauliflower123£0.87
Broccoli83£0.83
Swiss chard72£0.70
Cavolo nero50£0.38
Carrots42£0.42
Radicchio40£1.00