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

The garden at the beginning of September……just a few days before the seasons change. There is so much to be grateful for at this time of the year in the garden and I’m getting so excited for the harvests in the coming weeks.

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Thoughts on……Month 16: Positive breeds positive.

I am so happy to end this month on a much more positive note than last month. It takes a bit of work and self-discipline initially but getting into a positive frame of mind really is possible with just a few tweaks here and there……..and then the positivity gathers momentum…..

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 118: Brassica nets and vegetable dyes.

Why is it always windy when I’m trying to put up nets? Hahahaha – I could really have done with a second pair of hands. Today was a bit of a go slow as I feel a little under the weather……a day for just a little gardening and  and rather more time talking to friends…..and learning a bit about vegetable dyes.

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In the Kitchen: Courgette Soup (with potatoes and cheese)

With courgettes being harvested quicker than they can be eaten it’s time to turn them into something to store for later. This soup is so quick and easy to make (without the cheese for a budget version or for vegans), it tastes gorgeous; rich and creamy and it freezes really well to make a lovely lunch time meal in the depths of winter.

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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden 114: Blanching celery and harvesting berries under a blazing sun.

Our heatwave/zero rain weather continues – making daytime gardening not just uncomfortable but even possibly dangerous. I tried to get a step ahead of the heat by getting to the garden early to tackle some of the little jobs that have fallen by the wayside…..in particular I wanted to get more of the brassicas into the ground. I was shocked to read the thermometer at 8.30 am…….and had to beat a retreat by mid-morning. Most nights I am dreaming of rain……….