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The Real Men Sow Plot Plan 2015

real men sow plot plan

This week, I finally got around to planning 2015’s veg patch.

Normally, I do this in bleak mid-winter, curled up in front of the fire with my seed packets, and a batch of new seed catalogues.

For one reason or another, I’ve fallen behind this year and my plan has been produced against a slightly warmer, lighter backdrop. Designing my plan during Spring, when I’ve already sown some seeds, has been an odd feeling but nice at the same time.

Nipping out to check my bed measurements in the light has been a bonus, and drawing up the area for my already germinated leeks and mangetout doubles the new season excitement.

Money-Saving Experiment Mark 2
This year, I’m plumping for solid and dependable veg as I’m going to be weighing produce for a second, garden-based incarnation of my grow your own money-saving experiment.

I’ll be growing reliable courgettes, toms, mangetout, French and runner beans, squashes, beetroot, outdoor cues, chard, and leeks, as well as the previously not so solid and dependable kale and cavolo nero – the last two years, have been a brassica massacre thanks to those pesky cabbage white, but I cannot bring myself to ditch these super hardy and important winter veg.

Potatoes or Cabbages?
The main bone of contention is whether I go for a row of big, chunky baking potatoes or use the space for a couple of cabbages and caulis instead. These would give me a challenge, as I always struggle with cabbages and caulis, but at the same time, I’m reminding myself to think about growing what I eat.

The odd cabbage and cauli is tasty, but we eat far more potatoes. A bag of potatoes is going to go much further when feeding us that a few cabbages. Potatoes are reliable too, particularly if you choose a blight-resistant variety such as the excellent Sarpo.

I’ve found caulis hit and miss in the past too, so there is every chance I’d take up space with something that doesn’t end up feeding me, Ailsa, Lewis and the new one…*

* oh yes, did I mention there will be another mouth to feed come September! :).

And so, with all this in mind, I’m leaning towards a row of potatoes. This year is all about growing what does well and seeing how much I can save, so reliability, how much we eat of each veg and the price in the shops will be the deciding factors.

Plus, chucking a potato in the oven is a lot easier to deal with than cabbage for two knackered parents needing a quick and easy feed!

9 thoughts on “The Real Men Sow Plot Plan 2015”

  1. I find planning one of the most exciting parts. Interesting to see you’re doing a wigwam with peas too. I’m planning on attempting one (for my 7 year old, mostly) and growing up sugar peas and sweet pea. Being a novice I wouldn’t sure if they’d scramble up far enough…I’m assuming that they will?

    Congratulations on number two!

  2. baby boom September ……..that makes it six that I know of, including my own daughter’s. Exciting times…..congratulations! On another note: my autumn-sown broad beans got eaten by mice so have had to start another tray ( in the greenhouse). I have onions and garlic on the plot and now spinach and pak choi. It’s warm today, though windy, ( norwich ) and I’ve been digging out the ********* bindweed. Which tomatoes are you planting? I think I’ll do marmande and sweet millions and- is it moneymaker that a reliable and tasty standard? Had no luck with chills last year…wonder what I did wrong.

    1. Thank you 🙂

      I’ll be growing Marmande again this year. Tried them for the first time last summer and they were brilliant.

      Was in Norwich on Saturday. It was indeed windy!

  3. Congratulations on the expectation of a happy event.

    This post is very useful for me as I am very much a beginner gardener. I have been reading a lot and have come to the conclusion that at first our gardening will basically amount to weeding because the garden is so very overgrown, but we planted some early potatoes in a cleared patch.

    The cat that was pooping all over the place seems to have disappeared! I swear it was nothing to do with me, although I am glad.

  4. Love the blog and find it very well written and helpful. It’s been really useful for me over the last 8 months or so as a new allotmenteer! Well done on the new baby!

  5. Hi there,
    Just found this site for the first time. I started my plot in 2012, so am still a novice. I was quite surprised about the level of money saved by growing your own. I have too have based my produce on your advice of growing food that you will eat and produce that is expensive to buy. This year I am really excited as I feel that my plot is now starting to do well, it was really in a bad way when I took it on. I was a complete novice but found a few old guys on the site who gave me lots of advice. I truly enjoy the benefit of being in the fresh air, hearing the birds and today watched the fox follow the railway line along our plots. Hopefully this year they will not eat my good berries.

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