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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Brassica cares (Cabbages, Kale & Broccoli)

Today I am continuing to prepare the garden for winter. My brassicas (cabbages, kale & broccoli etc) will be out there and working hard all winter so I need to give them a bit of care….against the wind (they hate wind!) and pelting rain. I also have a bit of a think about how to prepare the ex squash beds for winter……these are the beds that had the addition of horse manure in the early spring…..will that addition change how I do things this winter?

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On the Sofa: Wales, my Dad and Heritage Railways.

Recently a beautiful gift and the conversation around it prompted some wonderful memories of Wales and my connection with the country over the years. My Dad was particularly fond of Wales because of what are now known as Heritage Railways…….here I chat about why…..and what an amazing connection it is! I get in a bit of a muddle about dates……my Dad would have been in his mid-20s.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: November Garden Tour (’21).

The weather has suddenly turned a bit chilly and the morning after our first frost the garden is beginning to look a little wintery. Join me for a tour of the garden at the beginning of November as I take a look at the food still to come….and the last few jobs to get ticked off the list.

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Thoughts on…..Month 54: Am I ready for Winter?

It’s the end of month 54, the end of October and the end of British Summer Time as our clocks went back last night. Waking up to a howling gale and lashing rain it certainly does feel like the door has closed on one season….and opened up on winter. Today I am taking stock, mentally, of all the food I’ve managed to produce this year and get stored and generally asking myself if I am ready for winter.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Garlic, Broad Beans & Optimism.

At this time of year all the big harvests have been done and the garden is quickly dying back and fading into a memory…….so it is always a delight to have one last sowing/planting session of the year. It’s time to plant some garlic and sow some broad beans……this simple act, especially when the sun comes out, always gives me so much joy and optimism.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: My tools & kit (part three). Plus my top ten!

In the last part of my little tools and kit series I am talking about all my long handled tools. Then I narrow down all the various tools and bits of kit I’ve talked about over the last couple of days to share what my top ten bits of kit/tools are………and even my top two…. Right at the end of the video I pay my cat tax with a bit more purr time.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: My garden tools and kit (part one).

It’s too windy for filming in the garden today so I’ve grabbed the opportunity for some shed time and a chat about all my garden tools and kit…….hopefully this little series (of three) videos will be just in time to give you ideas about what you may like to add to your Christmas wish list (if you do such a thing). Parts one and two will deal with all my hand tools plus accessory kit large and small.

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On the Sofa: Ironing, sorting, clearing.

It’s another grotty autumn day which pins me at home……but that’s Ok…I have plenty to do. I have washed linens for the shop which need ironing and as I do so we can have a chat……starting with autumn/winter TV and feel-good family viewing……then my mind and chat wanders to the last stages of sorting out my Great Aunt’s affairs…….what to keep, what to let go of…..it’s all about ‘stuff’ and what ‘stuff’ is important………and makes me think about my own ‘stuff’. Garb a mug of hot chocolate….it’s a long one.