For the last couple of years, I have kept a diary of the food (vegetables, fruit and herbs) my daughter and I have grown ourselves – well, largely me, except for picking blueberries and tomatoes.
From September to December 2014, we ate an average of three items per day. For the same period this last year, the average had gone up to three and a half items. And overall for 2015 our consumption averaged out at three, so consumption hasn’t changed significantly.
As the first half of 2014 had been taken up with an allotment which was then abandoned, the knock-on effect was that there was less to eat this January in comparison with the previous year. Also, the allotment had provided me with crops abandoned by others which further boosted early ’14 figures.
This January, on the other hand, sees my garden with a few offerings which have overwintered (chard, rocket, cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, tomatoes, chillies and nasturtiums) as well things that are making a comeback already (chives, as pictured below).
As for range and type of foodstuff, I have become more adventurous, so nettles and nasturtium leaves featured on the menu for the first time last year. I also found a variety of carrots that like clay soil, though I do need to thin them out more quickly this year. And in general I need to start sowing much sooner.
Better get on with it then – but lunch first!