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Friday, June 05, 2009

So, whats now growing on the almost full plots?


So, what exactly have we got growing this year? You ready for a mega list??

Herbs
Parsley, Coriander, Basil, Rosemary, Mint, Chives, Sage, Thyme and Peppermint.

Fruit
6 crowns rhubarb, 65 Raspberry Canes (in fedge), 5 blackberry canes (around edges), 6 blueberry bushes, 2 pear trees, 3 eating apple trees, 3 cooking apple trees, 1 cherry tree, 1 grapevine (trained up the front of the shed, we've plans to build an arbour type extension to support it a bit better, hopefully this year), 160 strawberry plants, 40 in the plot, 100 in planters and 20 in hanging baskets!

Maincrops
Garlic
3 varieties, 140 plants
Onions
140 Sturon from set (overwintered), 140 Red Barron from set (overwintered), 120 White onions from set (spring planted), 100 Ailsa Craig from seed, 25 Bunyards Exhibition from seed, 50 red barron from seed. 60 spring onions (so far) Total 575 maincrop onions!
Leeks
Musselburgh, 120 seedlings growing away nicely to be planted once the first early spuds are out!
Spuds
40 first earlies, 40 second earlies, 20 early main and 20 late maincrops! Total 120 tubers!
Sweet Potatoes, 3 tubs full, 9 plantlets in total!
Brassicas
20 brussel sprouts (2 varieties), 20 broccolli (2 varieties) 20 caulies / romanesco broccolli, 60 cabbages (3 varieties, golden acre primo, red drumhead and greyhouse, 20 each)
Broad Beans
70 plants (3 varieties)
Runner Beans
48 growing, 2 varieties!
Borlotti beans, 26 planted!
French Beans
50 plants of 3 varieties!
Peas
2 x 10' rows Klevedon (approx 120), 1 x 10' row Twinkle (approx 40), 1 x 6' row Mange Tout (approx 30)!
Courgettes
9 plants (2 varieties)
Cucumbers
Marketmore (1 plant, we lost 2 others of another variety!), 2 Telegraph, 2 Melonie, 2 Burpless Tasty Green
Roots
Jerusalem Artichokes, 1 bed full!
2 x 14' rows Swedes (2 variety, approx 60), 2 x 14' rows Turnips (2 variety, approx 80), 5 12' rows parsnips (3 variety, approx 100), 10 x 12' rows carrots (5 variety, approx 300)
Sweetcorn
80 plantlets of 3 varieties in total, poor germination this year!
Squashes / Pumpkins
50 plants from 8 varieties
Celery
60 plants (overwintered) Lathom self blanching + 60 seedlings planted on the plot!
Salad
25 beetroot seedlings, 12 lettuce salad bowl, 20 lettuce little gem, 8 lettuce iceberg.
Radish, 4 varieties, interplanted with parsnips + 2 x 8' rows!
Tomatoes
38 in the 3 greenhouses, 32 outdoor toms, 12 varieties!
Peppers
36 on the plot in greenhouses, 14 planted up into pots in the back yard greenhouse, 21 in the plastic walk in greenhuse + lean to, 16 outdoor on the plots! Total 87 plants of 7 varieties!
Chillies
54 plants of 9 varieties in total!
Aubergines
10 plants, 3 varieties!

Flowers
Nicotiana, Foxgloves, Sweet Peas, Marigolds, Asteria, Fuschia, Lavender, roses

Still to plant - Kentucky Climbing Beans, 11 more outdoor tomatoes, more salad, leeks once the first early spuds are out!

We've now only 1 half bed left to dig, which is where the kentucky beans and another 5 outdoor toms will be going, but other than that we are now pretty much fully planted and the plots are now almost full to bursting, with over 2850 plants in and growing, excluding the flowers! Cant wait to see what its like once everything we've recently planted starts to grow on apace! Hope you're planting and growing is going well, and that your beds are full!

And so, onto the Balance Sheet!!

Total Costs 2009
Rent + subs for 2 plots £90
Debris Netting £70
Seed Spuds £20
Compost £20
Seed Compost £5
Seeds £20
Miracle Grow feeder / feed £12
Growbags (4 for £5) £15
Total costs so far £262

Harvests 2009
Rhubarb (£1 a stalk in Sainsburys) £40
Spring Onions (£0.99 a bunch for organic) £1
Lettuces £2
Peas £1
Total Harvests 2009 £44

So, we're out of pocket by £218 so far this year, but that should soon start to change!

4 comments:

Topographic Technology said...

Great stuff you two - love the photos and all thats going on.
Go to to your site via a search for wolf multi tools!!
will bookmark and keep in touch.
Alan(from the other end of the M62!)

Suzanne said...

Nice to hear from you Alan, t'other end of M62, thats Hull isnt it? Lee comes from there originally!

Thanks for the kind comments, tis appreciated! Wolf tools are brilliant, love the hoe and rotorvator / tiller, best tools we have!

Emma the Eco-Princess! said...

Wow, that's a lot of stuff! Do you eat it all yourself? I'd like to grow sweet potatoes too, is it difficult in the UK? As I thought they needed a warmer climate?

Suzanne (Mrs Dobby) said...

Hi Emma, yep, the majority of what we grow we eat (we do give some to friends, family and othr plotholders), either fresh or by preserving. It means we are almost self sufficient for veg for most of the year, which gives us a saving and means we can enjoy the special taste of home grown organic veg!

Sweet Potatoes can be problematic, it isnt really warm enough in the uk, so they are best grown under glass, its our first year growing them, so we'll find out whether it was worth it sometime this autumn!

Hope this helps!
Suzanne