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Strange Strawberry Goings On – How Much Money Can Growing Your Own Save Me? September Update

Compared to August, September was a pretty low key month. It was the first month this year where an upward trajectory of savings hasn’t continued, and perhaps one of the biggest signs so far that Autumn is here, despite the balmy weather.

I used £56.41 of produce; picking 39 times at an average of £1.45 a go compared to 52 pickings worth £88.74 in August.

Toms & Raspberries
My toms made the biggest contribution to saving again this month. I harvested 3.8kg worth £23.57, which made up roughly a third of my total September saving.

Half a kilo of Autumn Bliss raspberries contributed £7, but I was more satisfied with these for the taste and timing. My earlies have been rubbish again this year, but my Bliss seems to always produce an increasing amount of big, juicy berries.

If I were limited in space, I think I’d grow these rather than earlies. That way you get room to stagger strawbs at the beginning of summer, and then raspberries towards the end.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I also find the Bliss much tastier than my early varieties.

French Beans and Strange Strawberry Harvests
I have made two sowings of French beans this year, and the second plants are going great guns for me now. I picked 1.3kg during September, worth £11.42. I’ve been harvesting French beans since the beginning of July now, uninterrupted.

Maybe I’m finally working this successional planting thing out.

The weirdest harvest for some time has been a second crop of strawberries during the first half of the month. Don’t know if it’s because of this barmy weather, but I picked 344g of strawberries. They were quite small, but a real unexpected treat this time of the year, and roughly the value of a pint of beer, which is always a bonus.

I must make more of an effort to eat my beetroot though. They’re becoming the forgotten man of my plot, which is very odd as I love the earthy purple balls. I used just over a kilo of beets last month to the value of £3.64, but that’s nothing compared to previous years on the plot.

I really don’t know how I’ve overlooked them, as they are one of my very favourite veg to grow. There is still a row and a half untouched, so October job number one is to get picking and eating ‘em, in any way, shape, or form.

Now, where’s that beetroot cake recipe…

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2 thoughts on “Strange Strawberry Goings On – How Much Money Can Growing Your Own Save Me? September Update”

  1. For beetroot, I can recommend the recipe for beetroot relish in Pam Corbin’s River Cottage Preserves book – it’s a bit of a chore to make as you have to grate the beetroot (but then, you have to do that for beetroot cake too) but it’s divine to eat.

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