This year the budget is still £50, so that’s still less than £1 per week. The money’s the same, but costs are rising with inflation, so it might not be so easy this time around.
Here’s what’s been spent in January and February so far:
- £8 for a new mini-greenhouse cover to replace the one that was ripped by the builders
- £1.50 for a large packet of Parmex carrot seeds (T&M), because ordinary carrots are a no-go here
- 49p for a large bag of Sugar Snap ‘Sugar Bon’ peas (Lidl), high yield and easy to look after
- 29p for a small packet of Saxa radish (Lidl), cold tolerant for early spring and late autumn
- 99p for four packets of seeds (99p Stores), 1 x Marketmore cucumber (reliable and tasty), 2 x White Lisbon spring onion (hardy), 1 x dwarf marigolds (companion plant to scare off aphids)
- £1 bottle of multi-purpose liquid feed (Pound World)
As you can see, it’s all adding up already, with £12.27 spent so far. I’m hoping to spend less than £10 in total on seeds and plants this year, even though there’s still quite a lot on my wish list.
We make our own compost here but will still have to buy some in, and new anti-insect netting is needed so that’s likely to take up most of what’s left of the budget, along with tomato food and a new pair of secateurs. Doesn’t leave us a lot to play with, but improvising is what it’s all about…
Are you keeping an eye on your kitchen garden budget this year?