Allotment Diary (March – Week 3)
We’ve harvested a total of £960 of fruit veg this year
We’ve spent a total of £416 this year, mostly one time investments
What we’ve harvested and eaten
We harvested a total of £155 worth of veg this week, excluding everything from the store. We had 39 meals with ingredients from the allotment.
How many people are we feeding?
Our surplus continues to increase so we upped our friends and family deliveries, we are now feeding ourselves and six (Elena, Jennie, Tony, Diane, Anne, Sally) other families.
Here’s a photo of one of the three harvests we did this week. We picked calabrese, romanesco cauliflower, broccolini, purple sprouting broccoli, sprouts, sprout tops, romanesco leaves, calabrese leaves, red cabbage leaves, radish, radish leaves, lots of types of kale, cabbage, true spinach, perpetual spinach, mizuna, giant red mustard, chard, kalettes, spring onions, celery, salad rocket, sorrel, claytonia, leeks, lots of bean tops and loads of lettuce. We also raided the store for: carrots, potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, red beetroot, golden beetroot and dried pears/apples.
What we’ve bought this week
Food safe buckets for harvesting, which were surprisingly expensive compared to non-food-grade buckets. We always harvest into water, to keep everything as fresh as possible and to get rid of soil, slugs and bugs!
I published two videos:
March harvest highlights: calabrese, romanesco, radish, spinach, onions
Managing Arthritis With An Allotment Centric Life
What I’ve sowed
What I’ve planted
Unfortunatey it’s not been much of a planting week, the weather has been really bad, gales and rain for most of the week!
I’ve potted on
I’ve potted on another batch of tomatoes and moved them to the grow lights in an attempt to stop them getting too leggy!
First harvests of the year
Radish!! It’s always such a treat to have lots of radish again, I managed to get these 2 weeks earlier than I’ve ever done before 🙂
Last harvests of the year
What’s left in store
Potatoes – 1 medium sized bags
Carrots – 2 1/4 big boxes
Onions – 1 large box
Shallots – 3/4 large box
Beets – 3 big boxes
Dried Apples – 1 big cool bag
Dried Pears – 3/4 of a big cool bag
Allotment reserves (Steve) : 2500 litres
Allotment reserves (Jennie): 450 litres
Allotment reserves (Debbie): 400 litres
Home reserves : 750 litres
We are full to the brim. I’ve taken advantage of all of these storms by keeping everything under cover well watered.
What have we processed for preserving
We have our first tomato fruits, last week we had our first flowers. We also have our first asparagus breaking through, so we might be harvesting that in a week or two!
Abundance, despite the terrible weather I’ve harvested more this week than I did in the whole of March last year and that’s at least ten times as much as the previous year.
Carefully watching this year I’ve seen plenty of opportunities to do even better next year (weather permitting)
We’ve had even more rain! This is a big deal as everything was getting quite dry under-cover due to the exceptionally hot February.
We’ve had continuous storms and sunny spells, which makes it hard to manage the temperature under cover. Harvesting has also been a bit of a challenge, next week looks better 🙂