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A Belated April and May Grow Your Own Money Saving Experiment Update

A Belated April and May Grow Your Own Money Saving Experiment Update

Back in the middle of April, I made my first harvest of 2015, helping myself to just over a kilo of rhubarb. A kilo of rhubarb is actually..

June 10, 2015 with 0 Comments
Why I Love Growing Squashes

Why I Love Growing Squashes

This weekend, I sowed my 2014 squash seeds, in pots in the greenhouse. Whenever I sow these seeds, I always marvel at how something no..

April 22, 2014 with 0 Comments
Ten Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

Ten Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

As a kind of beginner-turned-improver at allotmenteering, people often ask me what to grow first, where to start, what can they do in a..

April 29, 2013 with 7 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, 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 #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?
  • (Not) An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #7 Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

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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