FYI

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Time for an update methinks!

Sorry I havent posted about the plots for a while, been mad busy at work, then had a slight accident in my MINI, which really upset me for a couple of weeks, only just now getting back into the swing of things!

So, things are winding down on the plot now, and most of the harvests are now in, apart from the winter veg (sprouts, cabbages, jerusalem fartichokes, leeks, parsnips, celery, turnip, swede, etc) plus the last few peppers, chillies, tomatos in the greenhouses and the late raspberries, which are fruiting like mad!

The plot has become a bit weed infested over the past month or so, but we've still been cropping regularly, as can be seen from the balance sheet below!

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 60lb =£512 (£8.40 a lb at Tescos!)
Strawbs 13lb =£65 (£5 a lb at Tescos!)
Courgettes x 180 =£90
Rhubarb 21lb = £42
Cucumber 60 = £30
Chillies / peppers = £25
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 10 = £6
Broccolli = £30
Cabbage = £35
Caulis = £15
Carrots = £20
Tomatoes 145lb = £170 (£1.22lb at Tescos)
Peas = £30
Runner Beans 65lb = £130
French Beans = £15
Mushrooms = £3
Apples = £25
Aubergines = £2
Brussel Sprouts = £10
Leeks = £10
Pumpkins = 62 = £100
Sweetcorn = 35 = £40
Swedes = £5
Turnips = £5
Beetroot = £5

Total Harvest so far 2008 = £1693 - a profit now of £1480!!

I'd say there's 220+ more leeks (£100+), at least another 20lb rasps (£160), another 12 cabbages (£10), 4 more caulies (£8), a bed of Jerusalem Fatichokes (£50), about 50 bunches of celery (£40) plus about 30 bunches of grapes still to be harvested yet (the grapes are almost ready, another couple of nice days of sun and they'll be ready for harvesting!), so if they ripen and we get them in, we could be looking at a further £400+ of crops still to come, which would take our growing total to over £2000 for the year! Not bad at all, despite the lack of summer again this year!

We're on holiday in a couple of weeks, and are hoping to get the plot put to bed for the winter, rebark the paths and cover the beds etc, so hopefully we'll have some piccies to post at that point, but until then I hope you've enjoyed seeing how our plots have developed and what we've been able to harvest this year! I hope you're own harvests have been as good and that you've enjoyed you're growing, thanks for reading!

4 comments:

Matron said...

It is all go on the plot at the moment, isn't it. I gave up weeding because the frost will knock it all back soon anyway! just lazy!

Mrs Dobby said...

Lol, not Lazy at all, there's no real point in carrying out work that you dont have to, its only sensible!

Emma the Eco-Princess! said...

WOW I can't believe how much money you've saved by growing all your own veg, that's amazing. I know you save money by doing it, but that much is astounding! Can I ask, did you grow the grapes in a greenhouse?

Mrs Dobby said...

Hi Emma!

Nope the grapes were grown on wiring up the side of the shed, as can be seen on some of the piccies! This winter we are planning on adding a type of arbor to the front of the shed to support them, so check back for updates and piccies in the future!