Saturday, May 26, 2018

17 May

Saving Money!

I am absolutely loving growing my plug plants, maybe it’s the child in me being impatient with seeds and wanting instant results or maybe it’s just because they are growing so well! I have had a few that have sadly shrivelled up and died but these are the ones mainly at the back of the grow house that possibly aren’t getting enough light.

The Petunia’s are thriving and will hopefully be planted out into my pots next weekend. I got some more plants in the post during the week and now have 10 large plugs of Surfinia Petunias and 5 plugs of Sundaville, both of which are new varieties for 2009.

My vegetable seedlings are looking very poor indeed; I think I must be the only person who cannot grow tomatoes from seed! The seed does shoot but then gets very leggy and then simply keels over and dies, I wonder if this is caused from over watering? I am relying heavily on having a better success rate with tomato plugs as everyone raves about how good home-grown tomatoes are and I am desperate to see what the hype is all about. Sweetcorns I can definitely say taste better home-grown than shop bought but am worried that I may have missed the boat on planting my seeds. Any advice on whether I have missed the boat will be gratefully received as my whole family love sweetcorn.

I read some facts and figures in an article looking at the surge on growing your own veg and was amazed that 95% of home growers say that it is the fun factor as the main reason for growing. Surprisingly in these ‘credit crunch’ times the money saving aspect of growing your own comes last on the list behind the health benefits it provides. Having used plugs for the first time I have found the ‘fun factor’ has re-emerged in my gardening and I am finding myself wanting to get out into the garden on a daily basis, even if it is to have a wander around to see what has changed overnight.

The article also went onto say that successful gardeners only need to spend an extra £2 a week on extra fruit and veg. The cost of growing your own veg and buying the extra fruit and veg averages out to around £9 per week where as those who do not grow spend on average £13 per week. This basically means that growing my own veg could save me £200 per year!

So if my maths serves me correct you could buy 5 large plugs of Gardener’s Delight tomatoes at £4.99 and begin to save money in just two weeks (I have based this on my own shopping bill and the price of 6 tomatoes at £2.49). Obviously you will have to wait a few weeks until the fruit arrives but 5 plugs should keep a family of four in tomatoes for the entire season and beyond i.e. homemade chutney, tomato sauce.  I now wonder why everyone doesn’t grow some of their own veg and why I didn’t start doing this years ago.

Fuchsia Blacky

Fuchsia Blacky

Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate Cosmos

Begonia Big

Begonia Big

Petunia Harmony

Petunia Harmony

My plants

My plants

Begonia Devil Red

Begonia Devil Red


Comments

2 Comments on "Saving Money!"

  1. Jean Lewis on Tue, 19th May 2009 11:22 pm 

    We have been growing our own veg and fruit for years, nothing to do with the credit crunch. It’s the taste of the first veg out of the allotment, the satisfaction of seeing them grow and the fun of it (it’s hard work at times, good for the figure).

    Although we have a grandson we are not pensioners and our 6 year old grandson loves being in the greenhouse, on the allotment, or planting seeds in the potting shed.

    Gardening in all shapes or forms does not have any age or class boundries.

    Happy gardening to everyone.

  2. joan angel on Sat, 23rd May 2009 12:28 am 

    I too have loved doing the plugs this year. 1st time, myself and a few other friends put together and we have 882 plants thriving away in my greenhouse,some have shrivelled up but only a few, cant wait to see them all flowering this summer, my friends are really excited too.

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