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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliments Very Happy

We still have a few (well, one) harvest of Leeks to go, making this the first year we've managed not to (technically at least) have a hungry gap. We're away for Easter, but are hoping the first salad leaves will be ready when we get back, although it will more likely be the weeds that will have to be picked first.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We ate what will probably be our second last picking of kale tonight, with boiled bacon and spuds. Darned good! While picking, I saw that the kale is beginning to flower. It looks like sprouting brocolli and I'll try some tomorrow in a stir fry. Our purple brocolli is cropping nicely and with careful picking I should make it last a few more weeks. It is so tender and delicate to taste. The other edible that is coming along is the re-growth on last season's chard - it shoul last a good few weeks with care. By then the spring cabbage should be coming along and the first lettuce should be ready.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aldi will fill you up, 6 tomatoes for 39c, sure why do we bother growing anything?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why GYI? Rearrange according to your own priorities:
Reason 1: it's a matter of principal
Reason 2: it's good for children to realise where food comes from ie not from a packet
Reason 3: I enjoy it
Reason 4: it tastes so damn good!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with all the above in any order. But also in there somewhere is saving a few bob at the shops. But by the time we have invested in the necessary infrastructure, tools and accoutrements, and spent the time nursing everything along and then you see shops selling at a loss you have to wonder. Our local shop has been selling 10kg of roosters for the last two months at 2-65. Haven't worked out what it costs me to produce that much but I reckon I am making a loss.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, the way our illogical economic system works ensures that the prices of many of the goods we buy do not reflect the real cost of producing them. Just one of the reasons the world is getting into such a mess.
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