Hello! Apologies for the delay blogging but as I have always said, the blog is only ever the little brother to the big sister that is my Vlog, So if you would like to keep up to date on my adventures please follow me on my Youtube Channel. and Please subscribe.
Summer has been great although very busy, our family holiday was fantastic as always and It was the first Holiday I had taken my mobility scooter on. This was a game changer for me and my family, in fact for the first time in a long time I felt I had a “proper holiday” we were so active I think we managed to get 2 weeks worth of holiday into seven days!
On the Allotment. – Looking back on 2018
The allotment has really developed over the last 12 months, it has been a series of 30-minute jobs here and there, on my good days, but when I look back at where I was at the same point last year you can see some major changes, and all I think for the better.
Another reason why the YouTube Vlog has been so helpful, it really gives you a great perspective on just what you have achieved, and for me, it beats any notes I could scribble in a diary.
The Chicken “compound” AKA Peckingham Palace has really developed to, and we have seen some new arrivals and sadly lost one, but I am very happy with how things are progressing and hopefully if I can find some more coops and runs on freecycle I can expand the palace further next year giving the chickens even more space.
I feel that this year was a successful year in terms of return for my investment, my allotment is a hobby so I always factor out my time, I enjoy my time down there so it is not like work and the allotment is always juggled to fit around my family life. Most of the time I am able to reuse, recycle and freecycle items so very little is spent on tools and equipment, so the only real outlay I have is Chicken food, Seeds, plants and the occasional purchase of fertilizer in the form of bone meal etc.
For next year I have already managed to get £85 worth of Wilko Seeds
for £10 in their end of line sale! BARGIN!
This year I sat down and did a rough calculation. I broke even after the cucumber and tomato harvest, so everything else from the plot was pure profit. Every strawberry raspberry, apple, cabbage, chili, and bean was FREE!
If you factor in the chickens I’m even better off, we eat a lot of eggs in our house, always have, but now we have our own hens our cost is around 50% cheaper and they are far better quality.
To be honest, if I was able (physically) to treat the allotment as a “job” I strongly believe I could really push to a form of urban semi self-sufficiency and the plan for 2019 is to try to do a bit more.
Watch this space!