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Monday, July 19, 2010

Balance sheet update - 19th July 2010

Well, since the hosepipe ban came into force, all it seems to have done around here is rain, its been soo wet that we cant even hoe the weeds at the moment, as all it does is redistribute them around the beds! We've been harvesting courgettes like mad, and plenty of broad beans and peas too, plus a fair number of rasps, with more of all of them coming along nicely!

We're off on Wednesday and Thursday, so I'm hoping that we can get a good weeding session in on wednesday .... if the weather allows us to, then we'll check the bees on thursday (and possibly harvest some more honey from them (as there were plenty of super frames that were partially capped (but not at 90% capped - which is where we need them to be before we can harvest the honey)

Anyhows, only a short post tonight, so on with the balance sheet!

Total Veg Plot Costs 2010

Rent + Subs for 2 full plots £100
Seeds £20
Seed Spuds £20
Onion Sets £6
Growbags £15
Chicken Manure Pellets £8
Plastic 'wannabe' Polytunnel £61
Bamboo Canes £8
Flower Plants £28
Scaffolding Boards £100
Watering Cans £8

Total Costs £ 374

Total Veg Plot Harvests 2010

Rhubarb £ 35
Fartichokes £ 4
Volunteer Spuds £15
Lettuce £10
Radish £10
Garlic £15
Strawberries £65
Raspberries £20
Peas £25
Broad Beans £30
Courgettes £35
French Beans £6
Red Onions £10

Total Veg Plot Harvests £ 268

So we're now £106 away from breaking even, but with most of the harvests still to start, then its possible we will soon have a positive balance sheet!

Hope your balance sheets are healthy, your crops are growing well and your plots are weed free! Thanks for reading, more updates to follow soon!


The Idiot Gardener said...

I hate to think what my costs have been. The first year of anything is always expensive, so I didn't bother counting! I reckon around a grand has been spent in all.

Mrs Dobby said...

Hi IG, I'd concur with your estimate, we must have spent at least that in our first year on the plot, tools, compost, seeds, glass and fixings for recycled greenhouse, cheap plastic walk in hothouse, the list is endless!

But once you've spent the inital outlay and have the tools and basic structures in place, it becomes a lot less expensive, although if you really try, you can still spend lots of money!