I splurged the other week when I was in Tesco, they had the latest edition of Gardeners World in a bargain bag with gardening gloves, six packets of seeds and a year long '2 for 1 entry' card to gardens all over the UK. As we are going to the Eden Project soon and this was included as one of the 'gardens' it really did make sense to have this particular splurge. It's £25 to get into the Eden Project for an adult, so my £6.75 purchase price of this special edition was well worth it.
And of course I have now have some more vegetable seeds to add to my ever growing stash, the flower seeds have already been sown, as this year we are working on expanding our planting to attract bees, ready for next years bee keeping plan.
We spent Monday morning planting shrubs in Nut Wood and already this is having the desired effect, the place is suddenly alive with bees, other insects and of course this in turn has meant that more small insect eating birds are to be seen flitting in and out of the nut trees.
It's nice when a plan starts to come together :-)
Of course, as I used to blog about on a regular basis, we still get our money off vouchers from both Tesco ....
... and M&S for using our credit cards.
(We still pay the amount owed off in full every month to avoid interest payments.)
Obviously the amount we are getting has gone down significantly and will be going down even more from now on, but a couple of months ago I did persuade Lovely Hubby to make a large company purchase on the M&S card and then pay it off with company money hence the large amount of M&S vouchers this time ... every little helps ... to quote the other supermarket ;-)
In our push for self sufficiency we have done brilliantly with vegetables and not too bad at all with fruit but obviously there will always be things we can't produce ourselves, so we have decided that coupons, vouchers and all the money from the sale of vegetable plants and surplus vegetables will form our money pot to buy the things that we can't produce ourselves. Just things like various flours, brown and basmati rices, pastas, olive oil etc. In that way hopefully we will be self sufficient with food, because the foods we can grow ourselves will finance the foods that we can't grow ourselves.
Anyway enough for now, time to get on with some chores in any shade that I can find.