Having grown my own since I left home, I have almost no idea of veg in the shops. I hold my hand up, I’m completely out of touch.
So you can imagine my surprise when my spreadsheet told me that the 3.3kg of ripe, red tomatoes I’d just harvested were worth nearly 14 quid.
‘That can’t be right!’ I muttered to Ailsa. ‘Look, look at this!’
‘Are you still persisting with that weighing thing?’ she replied dryly. Point taken.
Anyway, despite what MySupermarket.co.uk told me, I still didn’t believe it, so I took a walk to my local co-op to check whether these tomatoes were really worth this much money. Sure enough, they were. And these were just the bog-standard toms too.
In addition, I harvested another 3kg of tomatoes during August. After previously complaining about how slow my fruits had been to ripen, they suddenly exploded. I’m proud to say that I did use them all, without freezing or chutneying. Highlights were pasta sauces, a massive cottage pie, a couple of curries, and my favourite summer lunch, grilled tomatoes, sage, and brown sauce on toast.
Boosted by my lucrative tomatoes, August saw my record monthly harvest record smashed. I made 52 pickings, worth £88.74, an average of £1.70 a time.
In other news, the French beans finally died off, but still provided me 863g and saving of £4.80 during the month. I’ve got late sowing that’s nearly ready, so hopefully, I’ll get a few more before the winter.
My Autumn Bliss raspberries were also a winner. I picked 1.1kg, which worked out at over £15 compared to shop prices. I’m really pleased to be harvesting some raspberries, as my earlier varieties were rubbish this year.
And as winter approaches I’d like to extend a warm welcome back to curly kale. As well as the normal green variety, I’m growing the striking Purple Scarlet, which will really brighten the plot up once the barren months arrive.
You can have an in-depth look at my progress by clicking here to view the 2011 Veg Savings Spreadsheet working version. Please feel free to download it, and let me know how you get on.