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2015 Garden Money Saving Experiment: A Fiver’s Worth of Rhubarb!


So, here it is. The first money saving item of produce from my kitchen garden for 2015…

…just over a kilo of lovely, succulent rhubarb!

At the turn of the year, I decided I’d tally up my grow your own savings, so I could compare with a similar project I ran on my allotment in 2011. The parameters would be slightly different, especially where the year ran and ended.

I’ve decided to count anything sown or planted specifically to harvest during 2015. That includes my over wintered broad beans and chard as well as my fruit bushes.

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6 Winter Veg to Sow Now (and a couple for the store cupboard…)


Well, after a rainy start, what a lovely Spring day that turned out to be.

Lapping up the sunshine, it seemed odd to be thinking of Winter, but now is the time to be sowing seeds for plants that will be feeding you once the warm days of Summer have passed.

Summer veg is bountiful and luxurious, but one thing I’ve learned is that a steady stream of Winter veg is just as important.

Here are nine easy to grow crops that will keep you in food during those dark days of January and February, whether they’re in the ground, shed or freezer. And they can all be sown right about now.

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Seven Tomato Growing Tips

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Growing tomatoes on the allotment is awesome. They’re wonderful to look at, smell gorgeous and taste infinitely better than anything you’ll grow in the shops.

I’ve regularly stayed clear of a Real Men Sow growing tomatoes post as I’ve always found them fiddly to grow, but in the last couple of years I’ve had great crops and now feel confident with these allotment Summer staples.

Here’s some tips I’ve picked up whilst I’ve been learning to grow tomatoes.

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend

  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #13 – Jamie Oliver’s Squash Muffins
  • An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #12 – Lemon Curd & Blueberry Loaf Cake
  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #11 – Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks
  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #10 – Fresh Ginger and Apple Cake
  • Good Food Magazine Marrow and Pecan Cake
  • A Rhubarbey Roundup, and Whatever Happened to Allotment Cakes for the Weekend?
  • (Not) An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #7 Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #7 Waitrose Rhubarb, Macadamia and White Chocolate Cake

Saving £500 a year!

During 2011, I kept a diary of how much money I save from growing my own fruit and vegetables. After totalling all my outgoings, I saved approximately £500 over the year. I made a spreadsheet to calculate these savings - it’s nothing too complicated, as I’m no Excel guru, but hopefully someone else will find it as useful (and strangely fun) as me. For more info, visit my Money Saving Experiment page by clicking here.


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