A new year, new month, new week, new day

This morning, we were at a youth hostel near Hexham. I enjoyed the few days away but as always I was happy to be coming home. Not least, I was eager to start 2018 by getting on with my to-do list, which included putting the wood ash I got from a friend last week in the compost bin.

I was both surprised and pleased to see that a broad bean shoot was coming through in the hugel bed which had attracted the rats in December. I think some of the seeds will have been lost to animal activity but the layer of cardboard and compost on top of the bed has not stopped germination.

The broad beans in the earlier-sown bed continue to germinate and grow, so the year is off to a good start. And hopefully, this year’s crop will be better than the last.

Overall, the produce from the garden saved me something in the region of Β£250 in 2017. Most of this was down to two crops: strawberries and Jerusalem artichokes. The apples also contributed a health amount to this total.

I’m hopeful that I will have a good crop of all of the above this year, of course. But it would also be nice to finally see a decent number of blackcurrants on the plate.

As for annuals, apart from the aforementioned beans, I’m a little unsure. I haven’t yet bought any seeds and may not actually do so. I have some left over from last year and I’ve saved seeds as well. However, preparing the soil for more perennials is my main goal.

What about you? What plans have you for the coming year, wherever you are in the world? Hopefully, 2018 will be a good one for all your endeavours.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to A new year, new month, new week, new day

  1. carolee says:

    I’m hoping to finally get broad beans right, and make better use of my space. Best of luck in this New Year!

  2. Happy New Year! Am very impressed with how much money you saved last year from growing your own. I don’t have loads of plans for the New Year, except a little more self care which I am in need of, and being more honest with myself about what I can and can’t do.

    • Helen says:

      It’s always good to take stock of what you can achieve and what would mean pushing yourself too far. I’m forever biting off more than I can chew and at the same time not getting down to simple stuff. On that note….. πŸ˜‰

  3. That’s an impressive amount of savings, Helen. Good for you! You’ve improved your plot of land with such steadfast intentions. I hope you get a bumper crop of beans.

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    What a nice amount you managed to save by growing your own fruit and vegetables! We will be growing tomatoes again after a year off last year. We like french beans so no doubt we will be growing those and I love runner beans so I will have those growing somewhere. We haven’t decided on anything else yet.

  5. Karen says:

    Wishing you a healthy, happy and bountiful year, Helen.

  6. Happy New Year! My garden will be keeping me busy as per usual .. I wanted rain and we have it! I could do without the wind though … πŸ˜ƒ

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