Monday, 13 January 2014

Coldest Day of Winter

After Sunday morning’s frost and the temperature falling to -2.1°, Sunday finished the coldest day of winter so far with an average temperature of 1.4°C.
With the cost of renting allotments on the up I thought it might be interesting to add some costs to my harvesting list for this year. I for one don’t grow my own because I think I can make a great deal of money from it, it’s far more about the enjoyment of growing my own. I wouldn't change what I grow from one crop than another to make more profit.  I consider allotmenting to be one of my main hobbies and as such it doesn't have to make a profit at the end of the year.
My early guess is that soft fruit will be where most money is made rather than vegetables but I wouldn't want to go without that first harvest of new potatoes which just cannot be bought in the shops.

If I can manage to keep up with the task it might be interesting to see the results at the end of the year.
Based on Saturday’s first harvest of the year the record table starts off looking like this. I've now got to decide how I might keep a record of the costs as there’s not only the allotment rent to take into account but the costs of seeds, compost and fertilisers to take into account.


  1. Hey, great idea!

    At the risk of OCD setting in... can you keep a record of man/woman hours spent too?


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