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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 256: Seedlings update, compost shortage & a word for beginners.

The seeds I sowed in mid Feb and mid March are romping away….it’s time to see how they’re doing. They need some attention but until I can find some compost they’ll have to wait……but, while we’re here, I natter a bit about some of the terminology relating to seedlings and processes at this time of year for our new friends who are beginners to gardening.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 255:The herb bed, quiet time & Poppy returns!

I let the herb garden simply be over winter…….it got straggly and ugly but it was providing habitat for insects and food for all sorts of lovely wee critters. Now that the rest of the garden, and the surroundings, are coming back to life it’s time to get on with some tidying and pruning. I also start the rose ‘tree’ prune and talk about a great mnemonic for doing it……the five ‘D’s.

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Thoughts on……Month 35: Feeling chipper & busting a myth about hand washing at the allotment.

It has certainly been an odd month, a challenging month……and it isn’t over yet……but I’ve learned that I am up to the task…..and even if I am not on a ward as a nurse I can share my knowledge and care (here I share some hand washing knowledge) and contribute to the effort of getting as many folk through these uncertain times as possible.

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Sunday on the sofa…..with books& music.

Ahhhh……..time indoors…..the weather is crud but I can enjoy each day all the same…..today I am trying to narrow my music collection to my top 10 albums…..and then I think about the next few books…….with all the usual distractions along the way. Grab your knitting and come sit with me.

 

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Thoughts on……altruism, kindness and finding fun.

At a time when folk might be forgiven for turning their backs on the world and hiding it seems that people in their droves are jumping at the chance to help each other and offer their time and kindness. It is a beautiful thing. I chat a bit, too, about some of the fantastic on-line resources which are popping up to help keep our children (and us) entertained and occupied.

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Thoughts on……shock & adjusting.

Things are changing quickly, almost on a daily basis….we’re bound to be feeling some shock about this….and it’s going to take some time to adjust to a new way of living…. A quick little catch up with my thoughts on this.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 253: Sowing a bit of hope (+tomatoes, celery and the loofah experiment).

YAY!!!! It’s time to start the seed sowing proper for the 2020 self-sufficient garden! It has been an odd year until now and in many ways I feel behind and disconnected…….but the simple act of putting some seeds in the dirt has got me going again. Despite my failures with Loofah (Luffa) over the last couple of years I’m having another go……but with a few changes……. Let’s get those seeds in and dream of summer!