At the end of March I took stock of what we had been eating from the garden (and allotment). I was pleased that we had in fact been eating quite a lot, especially in comparison with what we had been eating when I first started growing my own.
The last three months have produced much the same results. This time round what we have got from the garden (and allotment) has averaged out at three different crops per day. Some days that was in fact as many as six different foods but on others there was just the good old standby: cress!
Overall, the picture in terms of ‘what’ isn’t much different from the first three months of the year. Still mostly green, with a few radishes thrown in this time. Funnily enough, though it is said that radishes are easy to grow, I have found them to be somewhat troublesome. The first batch on the allotment grew okay but then all the rest bolted.
The other main difference between this quarter and the last is that there has been a ‘role-reversal’ with some crops. For example, we are now eating fresh broad beans instead of frozen, whereas the purple sprouting broccoli was fresh before but is now frozen.
On the other hand, the garlic is still going strong. This year’s is in but there are still several cloves to finish from last year. The bulbs are bigger this time round and I am looking forward to tasting them to see if there is any difference in that department too (they are a different variety as well though).
Unfortunately, the onions have not done so well, although had I been able to keep them on the allotment who knows what I might have produced. But all things being equal, they would have been very expensive onions (it was costing me approximately £5 each time to go there). And so far, just about all the food we have grown for ourselves has in fact come from the back garden. So, taking it my soil and gardening techniques continue to improve, that bodes well for the future. And no food miles!
P.S. I forgot the rhubarb 🙂
© Helen Butt, June 2014