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Friday, September 12, 2008

Latest Balance sheet

Well, despite the weather and the blight, the toms are producing about 10lb+ twice a week now, the freezers are full of passatta and I'm now making ketchup and tomato puree for canning! Runner beans are cropping at a tremendous rate, we took over 20lb in one day this week, and they are still dripping in beans! The first of the sprouts are now producing, we had the first last night with tea! The autumn fruiting rasps are now coming into their own, we picked 3lb the other day and are harvesting abut 2lb at least a couple of times a week! The sweetcorn is ripening, so with any luck that should be a decent harvest, and the leeks and winter brassicas are going well too! The pumpkins and squashes look good too, ripening really well! The Jerusalem Artichokes are also looking like a bumper harvest, so with any luck we'll be eating fresh produce for most of the winter!

On the down side, the grapes havent yet ripened, so unless they do something soon it doesnt look like we are going to get a crop! The weeds are doing well too, methinks next year we've a bit more to do to stay on top of them!

Total costs so far this growing year
Rent (for 2 full plots and a half plot) £100
Seeds £30
Seed Spuds £20
Compost / Grow Bags £20
Fertilizers etc £20
Muck £10
Lopper (tool from wilkos) £13
Total costs £213

Total Harvests
2 batches overwintered garlic (97 bulbs) =£50
Rasps 30lb =£252 (£8.40 a lb at Tescos!)
Strawbs 12lb =£60 (£5 a lb at Tescos!)
Courgettes x 170 =£85
Rhubarb 21lb = £42
Cucumber 50 = £25
Chillies / peppers = £14
Spuds 90lb = £60 (£0.50 -0.80lb at Tescos)
Onions = £75
Radish =£8
Mange Tout 20lb = £50 (£2.50lb at Tesco)
Broad Beans 15lb = £30 (£2lb at Tesco)
Lettuce x 8 = £5
Broccolli = £25
Cabbage = £24
Caulis = £10
Carrots = £15
Tomatoes 95lb = £118 (£1.22lb at Tescos)
Peas = £20
Runner Beans 65lb = £130
French Beans = £15
Mushrooms = £3
Apples = £20
Aubergines = £2
Brussel Sprouts = £1
Total Harvest so far 2008 = £1139 - a profit now of £926!!

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