Today's job on the plot was to thoroughly weed the polytunnel! The tomatoes are growing well with lots of flowers, the bell pepper plants are bigger and the self seeded nasturtiums and calendula are thriving. But once the weeds were out I could see big gaps where I could easily plant some more edibles. I'll take my seed tins tomorrow and see what I can do to fill those gaps! Definitely lettuce and maybe beetroot.
I planted up the 2 barrel tubs beside my shed with some bargain echinacea plants I got from Sarah Raven last year and the rock daisies from my Dobbies haul. They look a wee bit sad but hopefully they'll perk up. I've got a few echinacea plants at home as well. I'd love to have a go at making my own tincture as it's good for boosting the immune system when you've got a cold.
I picked some raspberries to freeze although I ate a lot more than I saved!! Ooops! They were perfectly delicious 😋
As it's the start of a new month I thought I'd take a deeper look at some aspects of my spending in the first 6 months of the year. I started with my supermarket shopping. I added everything I spent in Sainsbury's, Tesco and Lidl since January and divided it by 6 to get a monthly average and then by 4 to get a weekly average. Then I googled the average cost of food for a single household in the UK. Interesting article HERE with some links to ways to save on food.
The average spend is between £27 and £40 per week depending on your income. My average spend is £36. Definitely on the higher end but that includes all my non food items too (toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, shampoo etc) The article doesn't say if their numbers are just food alone.
So I'm setting myself a new challenge to lower that amount to £30 per week maximum or £120 per month for all food and household items. I've ordered a Sainsbury's delivery for tomorrow (Sat) using their saver slot (£2) to start off the month and hopefully can score a few Lidl veg boxes to keep me going the rest of the July.
I'm also going to allow myself a £10 treat allowance (stealing Vivi's idea!!) so if I fancy some crisps or a magazine then it's already in the budget!!