Recently, I wrote about the cost of growing your own versus the savings compared to buying the food. Overall, I worked out the savings from growing my own herbs at least in theory covered the cost of all the seeds, equipment and other paraphenalia you need to garden. However, it occurred to me this evening that if all eleven of the Chinese cabbage under the net tunnel grew they in themselves would almost cover the cost of the tunnel in the first place.
There are about another ten Chinese cabbage seedlings waiting to go out and I am going to try to sneak them under the net as well. The net cost £14 and one of these cabbages in the shops would set me back upwards of a pound. So, it’s a no-brainer, really….
I have a feeling one or two of the cabbages might not do too well, as they are overshadowed by a tomato plant. It was a bit of a tussle to get the net over all the cabbages because the vines have got so big, in fact. Still, it is good to see the net finally being used to protect some crops – I’ve had it for nearly 6 months and it didn’t prevent the weeds on the allotment from smothering all that tried to grow under it there (as if it would!). It was useful for keeping the birds off the phacelia seeds elsewhere in the garden, though. So, one way or another it is earning its keep 🙂
© Helen Butt, August 2014