Looking back, moving forward

I’ve totally up how much produce I got from the garden last year and by my estimations, had I bought this stuff it would have cost me £183.

The figure quoted above is down considerably on last year (2017’s was about £250). However, I didn’t even attempt to grow as much and the extended heatwave/drought, along with codling moth on the apples, put paid to a higher figure.

So, will I be able to achieve greater things in 2019? My forest garden should become more productive over time and I could also take greater advantage of what I already have. For example, how much hairy bittercress have I eaten this winter?

Starting to get a weekly portion of fruit and vegetables from the local community supported agriculture scheme has made me less inclined to forage in the garden. At the same time, we did take up the scheme as the night’s were closing in.

There’s no excuse not to go and pick some of that hairy bittercress this morning, though. There is glorious sunshine and mild temperatures, so we will also be going for a walk today.

What better way to start the new year. I hope you’re having a good day 😊.

Statue at Rufford Park on Boxing Day


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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12 Responses to Looking back, moving forward

  1. We are, thank you, Helen. Have a good year

  2. drofmit4108 says:

    Happy New Year, Helen…
    yes, I am still following and reading…
    you have just written “…would have cost me £183.”
    Yes…. now add to that the cost of a local gym membership!!

  3. Melanie says:

    It’s nice to see that you don’t give up. It’s encouraging! Thank you.

  4. That’s still a pretty impressive saving and, more than that, you can enjoy eating what you’ve grown, knowing what’s been put on it and where it comes from. Wishing you all the best for a productive 2019!

  5. that is very good Helen,
    I have been thinking I should weigh and count the (saved) cost when I bring food from the garden, I have noticed my weekly food bill is less but did not think it could just be due to the produce I grow, though there is no other possible reason as I have not cut down on anything, and it is very satisfying having grown it and so knowing just what you are eating, home grown fresh from the garden has more taste too,
    looks like you had a nice New Year too, Happy New Year,

    • Helen says:

      It works out about 50p a day – from what I can glean, you would save more money than that. I hope you do make an inventory of your produce, as I would be interested in the results.

      • thanks Helen,
        I doubt I would save more than you as I am only growing for one where as you are growing for two,
        looking for prices on unusual veg like oca, most is sold as seed not food, having access to food I cannot buy locally is one of the benefits for me,

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