Two years ago I started an experiment to see if I could afford to retire on my Civil Service pension at 60. With the State Pension age at 66 I had to be sure I could learn to live on less money. I discovered that by growing a little more in the garden, changing the way I shopped and by tweaking others things I could indeed live on my pension without altering my lifestyle or feeling deprived. So in October 2016 I retired. Its officially the best job I've ever had.
Monday, 3 July 2017
What a whopper!
Sunday morning was time to start harvesting some of the produce from the garden. We started with the beetroot. I wanted to weed the beetroot and thin them out as well as pick any that looked big enough. I must have made a mistake when I was sowing them because I'd sown cylinder beetroot but didn't label it correctly so you can imagine surprise my surprise when I found this whopper. There was also normal ones in the bed so I'm confused but it's all edible so what the heck.
Hubby dug up the treasure from one potato plant. Not a massive amount of spuds but it will do us a few meals. I picked the first lot of runner beans, fingers crossed there will be many more harvests and another lot of green/black beans.
Three and a bit jars of beetroot pickled, the bit is what we had with our dinner. I'd got the blend of sweetness and spices in the vinegar just right and it was lovely.
We popped to the market Friday before heading to Ipswich for our granddaughters sports day. The fruit and veg stall holder that I visit every week was concerned about the black cloud hovering over head. He is the last stall in the row and gets the water run off for the street if it rains so he was selling things off. I got some apples for £1 and then he offered me an overflowing bowl of apricots for £1, he actually added more after transferring them to a brown paper bag. Over 800g wow. I kept a lot of the firmest ones for a fresh fruit salad and added frozen berries , the rest were turned into more jam.
Dinner last night was: lettuce, cucumber, potatoes, peas/beans, beetroot and onions from the garden served with a quarter pounder topped with cheese. Followed by fruit salad (raspberries/strawberries from the garden) Eton Mess!
Dinner was delicious
I never tire of watching what a seed or a bulb can do with a little TLC. I'm trying another experiment, I've sown some leeks seeds in damp paper tissue to see if they sprout. I'm wondering if I can get a late batch in when the onions come out. I've also sown some more carrots and beetroot. They are in a plastic tub inside a cupboard. I'll update you on their progress in a couple of days.
Beetroot, carrots and leek seeds on wet tissue
How's your garden growing? What's your favourite thing to grow? Do you have any unusual sowing techniques? Bye for now. Tx