Rechallenge update #6...

02 May, 2013

It's now the home straight for the challenge to grow more than 80% of my fruit and veg for a year.

Summer crops now feel few and far between and winter crops are just starting.

But even so, this past month the homegrown count was... 83%!

On the veg front were cucumbers (now finished), capsicums (still a few), eggplant (ditto), zucchini (might get a few more), tomatoes (still setting, but unlikely to fully ripen), beans (still holding in there), the ever abundant carrots, spinach and beetroot, some salad greens, the couple of artichokes (from the plant that mistakenly thinks its spring - I see no need to correct it), leeks, the stored onions, and the start of winter crops being represented by a couple of kinds of kale and a few early self-sown peas.

Fruit was a little slower with melons (not many left), a few strawberries (still some flowers so hoping for more) and the autumn fruiting raspberries.


Yay garden!

12 comments:

  1. Well done - that is fab. I want to know what you had to buy?

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    1. Thanks! I bought 1kg grapes, 3kg plums (to make plum leather), 400g dried fruit, 300g parsnips and 2 bunches of watercress. I suppose I could have done without if I wanted to be really strict, but I guess I don't want to be too limited either. But I'll be using my 'bought' record to help decide what I need to grow next year.

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  2. I am totally in awe of that 83%... of your gardening prowess, but also your maths and record keeping!

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    1. Ha, the maths is automatically done in the excel spreadsheet. The record keeping is a bit of a pain, but very much worth it when the computer spits out the result!

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    1. Congrats on making such an aspiring goal. And on making it happen!! I am really proud of you. I hope to someday be able to make more of an impact on our food budget through home gardening.

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    2. Cheers! I really should work out how much I spend vs how much I save on fruit and veg. I've never done a cost analysis, but I've always wondered...

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  4. Wow Bek- thats quite an achievement.... I am with Jo.... half the work must be in the calculations- spread sheet or not- I would be interested to see how you set it up. You are doing well with the zucchinis- around our place even the ones out in the street planters in full sun succumbed to the dreaded autumn mildew a month or so back.

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    1. Thanks. You have motivated me to do a post about my spreadsheet. On the zukes I'm not sure I'll be getting any more, I think they've pretty much had it.

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  5. Fabulous! looking forward to seeing it.

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