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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 129: Planting garlic and sowing broad beans.

The last seeds of 2018 are finally in the ground. On a soggy autumn day I sowed broad beans and planted garlic……….and delighted at squelching in the mud. Despite the drizzle it was a wonderful day enjoying the bird song, the insect activity, the company of cats….and the satisfaction of getting another couple of crops underway. And then a long hot soak in the tub.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 128: Grapes, hops, compost and plot friends.

On what may have been our last beautiful day of this autumn I decided to go at a much slower pace than normal and take time out to visit with plot friends to see how their harvests are going and to hear about their plans for the winter. I did a little work in my garden and then decided to leave it for a couple of days to let the predicted rain do it’s magic by way of softening the beds a little for me to do the autumn dig…

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 124: Bean arches & planning next year.

Normally the transition from summer to autumn leaves me feeling a little sad. Not so this year. I am excited by all the harvests still to come and the prospect of rejigging the garden a little to make life easier in the future. All the building I want to do is done so it looks like this winter I will be able to relax some and simply tinker in my space……I can’t wait.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 123: After storm Ali – harvest rescue.

We may have only caught the tail end of Storm Ali last week in the South East……but we still had some damage. Other jobs in the kitchen garden are on hold for now while I make sure I rescue as much of the harvest as possible…..and hope that some things will continue to grow and come to fruition in a few weeks. It’s hard to imagine the bad weather now that we are basking in warmth and sunshine again……