At last, it happened. On March 13th, after weeks of begging and cajoling, my purple sprouting broccoli finally sprung into action. My plants had looked really healthy for weeks but just wouldn’t sort themselves out. And then, one glorious Sunday afternoon, I picked 50g of perfectly purple heads, saving myself 39p in the process.
During March, I picked a total of 364g of PSB, which represented a saving of £2.86. Interestingly, this all came from a solitary plant, so once the other two catch up, I’ll be on to a winner – especially with purple sprouting currently commanding £7.85 a kilo in the shops.
Another newbie for the year and something else that made me very happy was rhubarb. I absolutely love rhubarb. It is probably my favourite fruit or veg that I grow. For me, cutting the first delicious stems marks the start of a whole new season.
I tucked into over a fiver’s worth of rhubarb during March, despite only picking three times, making rhubarb a really good option if you’re looking to grow money-saving crops. In fact, the price of the ‘barb shot up in between my second and third harvests, from £6.25 a kilo, to £7.50 for the same weight.
Sadly, I did say goodbye to my Brussells in March. One last handful saved me 26p.
The rest of my harvests were much the same as February: curly kale at its new price of £7.00 a kilo (up £1.05), carrots and leeks, which continue to provide good, steady savings. Four harvests saw savings of £5.33 or 53p a leek.
I also continued to harvest spinach, although I didn’t increase my spinach consumption as much as I said I would, and my squashes made me megabucks each time I fetched one from the store. I used 3 squashes in March, worth £6.76 in total.
Outgoings were minimal this month, with a £1.89 packet of parsnips the only expenditure. I’m running low on other seeds though, so I might have to take a hit in the coming weeks. I’ve also managed not to buy any multi-purpose compost so far by rejuvenating last year’s container soil with some of my own compost.
All in all, I used £30.23 of veg in my meals last month, up £9.90 compared to February. I made 33 separate harvests, which averaged a saving of 92p per picking – the same as last month. However, that did include a few penny salads, bringing my average tumbling down!
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.