It’s been unseasonably cold and blowy in the last few days with a bit of sleet and snow thrown in for good measure, so I confess that I haven’t been in any kind of a rush to get out on the plot and start sowing seeds. That’s not just pure laziness on my part, it’s also because it’s the kind of weather that makes seeds rot in the ground or bolt before they give you anything edible. Best to be zen about it and wait patiently for the situation to improve on its own….
This year’s budget for the kitchen garden is £60 all in, and has to last until the 31st of December (not that I tend to do much gardening in December). That’s because it’s very, very easy to spend more money on setting up and running a kitchen garden than you actually save on your fruit and vegetables bill….
Hi again, I’m back in the kitchen garden for 2016 and I’m playing catch up to make up for not doing much at all during February and March. If you’re thinking about starting your own veggie patch then it definitely isn’t too late.
Here’s what’s been going on in the last few days. First of all, I’ve sown up a few seeds….
As promised, I’m publishing my garden sow and grow list for 2016. This includes some new seeds, some older favourite and heirloom seeds, and a few plants that have lasted from the previous year. We have limited space, so this year I’ve selected some more compact varieties and I’m trying out a few F1 seeds – all bought during a sale – that are supposed to be more vigorous and/or disease resistant….
Hello there. Golightly Gardens is back for 2016 after a bit of a delay getting started. Fortunately it isn’t too late to catch up with all the sowing and growing, because almost everything from February and March will still do well if you sow it at the start of April. [The only things you might have missed the boat on are most chillies and sweet pepppers, and some greenhouse types of tomatoes, but if the worst comes to the worst you could buy a seedling or two in a garden centre.]
I was planning on getting the food growing started during March, but unfortunately Little Cat died last month and I sort of lost heart in it all. However, ASBO Kitty is still with us so I’ll still have at least one supervisor while I’m out in the garden, and she still loves jumping around outdoors so I guess we should be making the place more fun for her to dig up….
As you might already know, the kitchen garden here is all done on a budget. If you’re growing your own food to save money as well as to have lots of fresh, delicious, healthy produce then you need to watch the spending as it can so easily get away from you. This year the budget’s been kept exactly the same as last year, so it’s all being done on a maximum of £50 for the whole 12 months.
That also includes anything that’s been bought far ahead because this year I’m not just trying to extend the season until the end of December – I hope to have some crops in situ to give us good things to eat next spring. Last year I didn’t do anything like enough long term planning or contingency growing so I’m hopefully putting it all to rights this time around. …