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Thoughts on……Month 18: beginning to crack this time thing….

I always feel like I don’t have enough time…..always feel like I’m chasing my tail and hopping from one task to another without ever thoroughly completing the first thing. After a good hard think about it at the end of last month I made a few simple changes (there’s still a way to go) and am finally starting to feel like I can manage my time better and enjoy each moment more deeply.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 132: Perennial Kale (Taunton Deane) & other brassicas.

I was very kindly gifted a perennial kale recently – ‘Taunton Deane’. It should keep me in lovely kale leaves for years to come. Finally I made time to plant it in my garden and whilst there tend to my other brassicas. The sight of all their beautiful green growth at this time of year is marvelous and I can’t wait to start chomping on all those lovely leaves.

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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…