This week I have been…

Reading… The Book Lovers by Victoria Connelly, a simple, uplifting, wholesome, lovely read, I’m enjoying it.


Planning… My kitchen garden.  (Ha Ha, I have three small raised beds! but I just like the sound of that: my kitchen garden, it makes me happy).  Anyway, yes we are going to try growing what we actually like eating and what we buy each week.  So first on my list is beetroot, apparently really easy to grow, we can eat it fresh and pickle it too, so quite versatile.  Next is cherry tomatoes, which the kids eat like sweets, we will grow ‘Tumbling Tom’ in hanging baskets, planting three plants in each basket and this year I WILL water them EVERY day, and hopefully we’ll get some lovely fruit.  Next there’s peas, again we eat them purely as snacks, raw, they don’t even tend to make it into the house, let alone into a pan to be cooked!  I’ll grow salad leaves in pots on the patio, one of the pots I’ll re-sew every couple of days to get a continuous supply and another pot I’ll sew ‘cut and come again’ salad leaves.

Garden planner

We have a blueberry bush in a pot and I will plant three raspberry plants in a pot too, although I’m confused as to when I should be doing this?!

I’m tempted by carrots too, because apparently their flavour is sooooo different when home grown compared with shop bought.  Let me know if you have any other (easy) recommendations.  I’ve just joined a gardening club, which meets once a month, it’s a class run by a professional horticulturist, I have attended my first session and we all came away with a Dahlia tuber which we planted up whilst there, it has just in the last couple of days germinated and has sprouted a little shoot, it never ceases to amaze me how something so shrivelled and dead looking can do that!!!

Loving… Minimalism in our home, and simplicity in our life, luckily my husband is fully on board with this and the kids are embracing it too.  I am going to write a separate post on this soon, so look out for that.

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  1. Jeff Vernon

    Well done with the Dahlia! Plant the raspberry canes NOW, and they should ‘shoot’ in a couple of weeks, and fruit in summer/early autumn (depending on variety).

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