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Thoughts on……Month 39: A change is as good as a rest.

I had my big plan for August all laid out, I was properly on it……..and then came a spanner in the works……….but I’m glad of the spanner, the spanner has given me a bit of a shake up…….August will be different and I can’t wait! It is going to be the weirdest holiday ever.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 238: Boundaries, bushes & maintenance.

Once I have seen to my vegetables it’s time to shift my focus and get on with some of the other maintenance jobs which are part of every garden year…….it’s time to deal with overgrown shrubs and trees (and look after my shed) and rejig plants which have outgrown their spaces. While I’m at it I’m grateful to receive some plants from a friend who is also at the clearing and tidying stage.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 281: Potato reveal: Dig versus No Dig.

I can hardly wait to go on my first buried treasure hunt for potatoes. Today I am lifting my first earlies ‘Anya’….a gorgeous, waxy new potato perfect for salads…..planted on the 18th of April. Also, for the first time ever I have some container grown potatoes (also Anya planted at the same time) so I am intrigued to see how they have fared compared with the traditional in-ground ones.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 280: Taunton Deane (Perennial Kale) cuttings & starting the changes.

The Taunton Deane (perennial kale) has given me so many lovely meals…it has been the work horse of the garden……so when it was attacked by pigeons and white fly I decided it was high time I should take some cuttings from it so I can keep having this gorgeous plant in my garden. Once the cuttings take I am planning on a new home for it so toady I start on the rejig of the deck/cold frame end of the garden…..