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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 140: A Christmas harvest & stored produce

What could be finer on a bright winter’s morning than a wander through the garden harvesting vegetables for a Christmas feast…..?

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In the Kitchen: Fennel root soup experiment – free food!

I was recently informed that fennel roots are edible so I obviously had to try them out. I’ve never experimented with a recipe on camera before (normally I try experimenting a few times without the camera rolling to get it just right)…… this is a first……’s worth watching to the end. Was it gorgeous or did I spit it out? I was shocked.


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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 139: Compost, chopping leaves and hand tools.

During a super quick visit I managed to eke out a bit of compost to cover the last of my new perma beds…….and I had a go at chopping up leaf litter using a strimmer and a bucket…. I also remembered to grab a handful of the fennel roots, which I had dug out a few days before, to experiment with in the kitchen. Even if I only have a spare hour or two it’s worth a quick session in the garden at this time of year just for the light.

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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.