The last time I mentioned this year’s garden expenses running total we were at the £19.00 mark, and I’d run out of money for any more seeds. As a quick reminder, this year’s budget is set at £50. That’s the same as last year’s, to reflect the largely unchanged income of the average British household.
Where are we right now? Cash-wise, I’ve purchased very little this month and the only expenditure is as follows:
- £2 on 2 x bottles of concentrated tomato food (Pound World)
- £3.99 on compost (having run out of the home made stuff)
The other cheap shops don’t seem to be stocked up with the best value tomato food, perhaps because tomatoes don’t need that much food until maybe June so there’s less demand for it, and they’re pretty ruthless with the space they devote to seasonal stock.
However, tomato food isn’t just tomato food. It’s simple stuff, yes, but it’s better to look at it as a potassium (AKA potash) rich liquid feed. This is useful earlier in the year for perking up other fruiting plants such as cherry trees, raspberry canes and strawberry plants. It’s also good for feeding in more diluted form to courgettes and pumpkins later in the season, so I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it. I’ve learned to snap it up as soon as I see it, because it tends to sell out sharpish.
So my cash spend to date is £24.99, just under half of my yearly total budget.
The other thing I’ve managed to do is to spend some Amazon gift vouchers. Not sure if this counts as cheating, but I’m going to be making a side note about any voucher purchases from now on. My spend fortunately avoided postage charges, and I ordered these two items:
- £5.00 for a large pack of organic slug pellets (already in regular use)
- £10.00 for several metres of anti-insect mesh (on sale)
Meanwhile, I’ve been very lucky to be given some seeds for pak choi, cavolo nero and hungarian hot wax peppers in seed swaps, so my wish list is pretty much as good as it gets. Secretly I would still like some winter mustards but it’s not exactly a must-have.
My remaining shopping/swapping list is probably going to be:
- more compost
- gardening gloves
- long canes (my old bean supports have had it)
Everything else can be improvised…
So that’s £24.99 cash spend, and a £15.00 gift voucher spend. How’s your budget looking so far?