When all’s said and done, I am underwhelmed by the number of potatoes that came out of the finishing off compost bin. True, there is still the other half to dig out. And more came out than went in. But if memory serves me right, I got as many last year from the potato peelings that weren’t intended to provide a crop.
Ah well, it has been very dry. And nothing can dampen the feeling of raspberry picking earlier in the day.
My daughter was as engaged as me with the process of finding and choosing the fruit to put in our basket. I’m so pleased that this is a moment we shared.
I was also aware of how soothing the process was. Yes, if I had to do this day in day out on the minimum wage I might feel differently. But as a one off it is definitely something we will be doing next year.
So why pick your own instead of buying punnets at the shops?
1. It’s fun.
2. There are no airmiles, though sadly the farm closest to us has closed down or at least stopped growing fruit for the public to pick.
3. The packaging was a cardboard basket and not non-recyclable plastic.
4. For £15 I was able to buy about three kilos of fruit. Now how much would all that cost in supermarket punnets?
The upshot is that I made raspberry sorbet (brilliant buy last month, my ice cream maker), jam and two thirds of the fruit in the freezer for winter use. It would be brilliant if I could get this much from my back garden but you can’t have everything.