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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Harvests are a coming in!

Ok, no updates for a while again I'm sorry! Although the swine flu has now gone, my bad back is still not right, tho the accupuncture is helping greatly!

We've been harvesting quite a bit recently, lots more of most of the crops are now harvestable, and lots more still to come yet, although we've also had blight hit the spuds and tomatoes (tho currently the toms seem to be doing ok, even if they arent going to be as good as last year) and have lost a lot of cabbages to slug damage (that'll teach Lee not to plant them in batches of 12 of 3 varieties each at a time! Lol), but the broadies and most of the other crops have done really well, hence the harvesting figures are shooting up rapidly!

In addition to eating lots of ultra fresh organic fruit and veg we've also now begun preserving some of the crops, lots of dried peppers, the first batches of tomato n courgette pasta sauce are in the freezers, there's lots of broadies, runners, mange tout and fruit also in the freezers, lots of jars of jam, the first few jars of pickled onions and chutney's are maturing in the cupboards, and lots of onions and garlic are drying in the garage! Hopefully there will be more processed in the next few weeks, as the harvesting reaches a peak and I've got a week off from work to process it all in early September!

Anyhows, onto the balance sheet!

Total Costs 2009
Rent + subs for 2 plots £85
Debris Netting £70
Seed Spuds £20
Compost £20
Seed Compost £5
Seeds £20
Plant feeder / feed £12
Growbags (4 for £5) £15
2 Apple trees £30
Herbs and Flowers (for underplanting 3 beds of fruit trees) £40
Total costs so far £317

Harvests 2009
Rhubarb (£1 a stalk in Sainsburys) £50
Spring Onions (£0.99 a bunch for organic) £14
Lettuces £15
Peas £20
Broad Beans £90
French Beans £55
Runner Beans £40
Cabbages £20
Cucumber £15
Courgettes £90
Marrows £10
Broccolli £30
Caulieflower £15
Turnip £10
Strawberries £50
Raspberries £85
Blueberries £10
Potatoes £145
Tomatoes £60
Peppers £20
Chillies £10
Garlic £50
Onions £40
Apples £30
Plums £15
Mange Tout £10
Sweetcorn £8
Squashes £8
Total Harvests 2009 £1028

Thats a profit of £711 for the year so far!

Hope your harvests are bumper ones this year!

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