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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 107: Summer solstice; lavender, tomatoes and memories.

The summer solstice is one of my favourite days of the year…….so I made sure I was free to enjoy the first sunshine of the day with some time in the garden…….pottering and simply being, taking time to appreciate my little quiet haven and reflect on happy memories.


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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 106: Planting the Coco de Paimpol and thoughts on watering.

As soon as one crop finishes I can make space to put another one in…….today it was time to get the gorgeous Coco de Paimpol beans planted out. They are one of the harvests I most look forward to each year so it feels great to get them in the soil…..even on a scorching hot day………watering is beginning to take up the majority of the time spent in the garden……

June - cocobed4

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 104: Stuff it! Chuck it all in the ground and see what happens….

After so many fails this year already I decided it was time to get on with things other than the garden so I’m spending a few days chucking seed and plants into the soil and letting them decide whether or not they want to grow. At this stage I feel like there’s nothing to lose……and possibly a few veg to gain…….and I am simply enjoying the garden again for the peace and tranquility rather than worrying about the food…..May - shoesoff

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: June Garden Tour (2018)

June is suddenly here……….the garden is still a little behind compared with previous years but it is finally starting to grow a little. Despite all the recent failures I feel optimistic about the plants the are growing……and loving every minute I get to spend in my special place. I always have a little cat shaped shadow as I potter about amongst the green stuff……..