It’s getting to that time of year when the veg is few and far between. ‘The ‘Hungry Gap’ between winter crops and summer ones is taking hold.
I used £34.25 of homegrown food during April – my best monthly total yet, even despite a 5 day holiday over Easter, but produce is starting to wane.
Of my winter grub, I’ve got half a dozen leeks left, the dregs of my curly kale, and some finally failing perpetual spinach. There are three squashes left in store which are showing their first signs of deterioration, and some 2010 gooseberries in the freezer.
On the bright side, my rhubarb is still going strong and has been a real money-saver this month. I picked over 1.5kg, saving me a whopping £11.34. I couldn’t believe the price of the fruit-cum-veg when I checked, but I did notice yesterday that it had plummeted in cost from £7.50 a kg to £3.75 over the last few days. I can only speculate that this is because it is now more readily available, and maybe the early stuff was forced and therefore expensive.
Financial merits aside, this seems another brill reason to grow your own. Sometimes, just sometimes, your own veg and fruit come well before the commercial growers. I’ve been picking rhubarb since the middle of March, unforced.
The other cash-crop, my purple sprouting broccoli, continues to struggle with the scorching weather. I’ve not picked any since the 9th of April, and already two of the plants are going to seed. Lots of frowns and disappointment here, as PSB is such a tasty vegetable.
Leeks continue to be surprisingly steady financially. I harvested about 1.5kg in April, worth £6.44.
I expect the next month to be a bit of a lull in terms of produce, but broad beans, spring greens, onions, garlic, globe artichokes, lettuce, and radishes should hopefully start appearing on the spreadsheet during May. Finger crossed for a few gooseberries and strawberries too…
Check Out the Spreadsheet
You can have a look at my up-to-date spreadsheet at the 2011 Veg Savings Spreadsheet page by clicking here. Please feel free to download it, and let me know how you get on.