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TIY: Make your own fabric softener and a toilet cleaner.

For a few pence and a little bit of time (on a grey day) it is so easy to make one’s own cleaning products…….and by making them ourselves we can massively reduce our consumption of plastic. Today it’s fabric softener and loo cleaners.

For the loo cleaner (bog bombs!) I used 4 cups of baking soda, 2/3rds of a cup of citric acid, 40 drops of essential oil and 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide – halve the amounts for a smaller batch if you prefer.


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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: December Garden Tour (2018).

It definitely feels like Winter has arrived. Each visit to the garden sees a little bit more of it tucked up until the Spring…..but there’s still plenty of green stuff to enjoy and food a-plenty growing…..and time to get on with some maintenance jobs and tinkering. It’s a wonderful time of year when everything slows down and we get a chance to slow down too and simply breathe it all in….

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: A year in the kitchen garden (2018).

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has watched and commented and generally come along for the ride with me over this last year. It hasn’t always been easy and some of the veg refused to grow…..but it has been an absolute blast and I have had gorgeous food to sustain me…….and your support has been a massive sustenance to me also. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking back over the last 12 months – I hope you do too…’s a long one……maybe put a big pot of tea on. Thank you all for your advice, hints and tips……you really have made it so worthwhile. Happy holidays to you all with a big dollop of love from me.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 135: Brussels Sprouts and chatting while digging.

It may be chilly and damp out there but it’s perfect for a bit of digging and bed rearranging……my new motto has become ‘Just get out there!’……the rewards, for a few hours of work, are huge. I leave the garden on a high and know that I’m doing the best for my little space to give back to me next year…, go on, just get out there.

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In the Kitchen: Butternut squash & sage risotto.

When you wake up on a chilly morning feeling a bit below par it’s time to make comfort food. Today it’s squash risotto…….ooooh, it is creamy loveliness in a bowl and makes me feel better in an instant. You will need: 1 squash (about 500g or more), 1 large white onion, a few cloves of garlic (to taste), a few sage leaves, 1 cup of risotto rice and one liter of vegetable stock. Have fun and enjoy the scoff.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 134: Lily, Cosmos and over-wintering my Pelargoniums (Geraniums).

I’m so glad I managed to get some time in the garden yesterday to sort out my Pelargoniums for winter…….the temperature has really dropped and we’re beginning to see some frost and these wee plants wouldn’t be able to stand it. They’ll be quite happy at home with me over the winter and then, come spring, they can give me a few cuttings and get back to the garden ready to give me some blousy colour in the summer.