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2011 money saving experiment

How Much Money Can Growing My Own Veg Save Me, Version 2 – My Back Garden

How Much Money Can Growing My Own Veg Save Me, Version 2 – My Back Garden

2015 will be my third season of growing in the back garden. I keep my hand in at the allotments by helping my mum on a plot, but primarily..

December 30, 2014 with 10 Comments
Six Tips for Buying Seeds to Save Cash

Six Tips for Buying Seeds to Save Cash

There is a lot of January excitement going around, as us growers begin rifling through the seed catalogues and surfing seed retailer..

January 27, 2012 with 5 Comments
The Real Men Sow Top 9 Money Saving Veg of 2011

The Real Men Sow Top 9 Money Saving Veg of 2011

There were nine fruit and veg that saved a substantial more than everything else during 2011, and here they are: Tomatoes It’ll come as..

January 11, 2012 with 4 Comments

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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, over a decade later, 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 #15 – Blackberry and Apple Flapjack
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #14 – Courgette, Lime and Coconut Cake
  • 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?

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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