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.
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.
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.