Rechallenge update #1

03 December, 2012

It's now two months into my challenge to grow 80% of my own fruit and veg.

It started off so well at 83% homegrown. But unfortunately I haven't been able to maintain the good start, and over November the tally has dropped to 78%.

I think the lack of variety is getting to me a bit, and the waiting for summer crops has been too much. I've been buying cucumbers and zucchini when mine are still a while away yet. That and the summer stone fruit is just too tempting.

However, the crops from the garden are still pretty good. Main pickings in November included peas, onions, broadbeans, celery, lettuce, perpetual spinach, artichokes, strawberries and raspberries. There were also a couple of mulberries (not white ones though, but I have plans - watch this space!) and one cherry (the rest should be ready later this week I reckon).


I can't really complain when this is an almost daily event, can I?

10 comments:

  1. Fab amount of strawberries and a fab way to photograph them. I think this is one of the more difficult months for produce self sufficiency - we are kind of between seasonal crops at the moment but there's a lot of delicious looking stuff available from warmer climates. Ah well 78% is still pretty bloody good.

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    1. Yes, I'm also waiting impatiently for summer plants to start cropping!

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  2. Fantastic harvest, and love the scales. What are you going to do with them?

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    1. Cheers! Most of these got given away or eaten fresh with yoghurt. But I will start saving them up shortly to get enough to make some jam, and I've already started the frozen supply for sorbet!

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  3. Bek, you are a champion! I am only picking herbs at the moment - all relocated from the smoke. Most other things are still settling into their bed after having been relocated. I am hoping one day they will have settled enough to have a zucchini or a tomato, city raised. Everything else only went into the ground a week ago and tonight they are forecasting a snow flurry up the hills a bit from me! AHHH the struggles of relocating and a new climate.

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    1. Wow, I have no idea what I'd do if a snow flurry was coming my way. I'm sure your plants will settle in and start producing in no time. Better than starting completely from scratch anyway.

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  4. Those strawberries look amazing - and I'm loving your vintage scales as well. It's lovely to see what's growing/harvesting at the other side of the globe when it's so cold and wet over here in the UK. Apart from parsnips, I've got nothing to harvest for at least a month or two.

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    1. Yeah, they are pretty cute. My mum gave them to me (or I stole them from her i.e. begged her incessantly to give them to me, I can't remember which now...) and I love them. I'd love to have parsnips; I grow them but we never get frost so they're never as sweet as they could be. Ah well, the grass is always greener, isn't it...

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  5. Oh my wordie that is fantastic. And I'm loving those scales too. I have been longing for some vintage scales to hang up in my kitchen - the ones they have at the market. But I haven't yet seen any.
    How do you manage to get the strawberries before the snails and other creatures do?

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    1. Those scales would be fabulous, though I can't recall ever seeing them. Ebay perhaps? On the snail/slug battle I pick the ones that are partly slug eaten and just cut off the bad bits, but if I come across a slug I kill them on sight. They don't seem to be too much of a problem though.

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