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Growing Cress Egg Heads

We have started our veg growing for the year! Last week, Emilia decorated two Egg Heads, and then planted them with cress seeds. One week later, this is the result! This is a brilliant rainy day activity to do with children, even in mid-winter. Next up is carrot seed sowing in toilet rolls. Yep. (You can read about […]

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Winnie the Pooh is back to save the Honey Bees

I’m sure a lot of people have Winnie the Pooh mingled in with their childhood memories. So many lovely stories, quotes and programmes come from Winnie the Pooh. I have a little Pooh Bear, who has stayed with me since I was born (though my sister rudely tried to claim him as hers, more than once). I also used […]

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Springing Sluggishly into Seed Sowing

Last year was a total washout when it came to vegetable growing. The relentless rain and the violent onslaught of slugs destroyed just about everything. It was totally disheartening. So, it’s been a little bit of a battle to get my enthusiasm up for veg growing this year, but my empty beds were looking mournful, […]

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It may be raining, but…

It is still spring! And the time to be planting seedlings. I am going a bit overboard this year and planning to fill our new raised beds with as much produce as they can take. My window sills have been crammed with little sprouts of plants and plants of sprouts, and I have been rapidly […]

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Pumpkin Patch

I promised a pumpkin post ages ago… apologies! Pumpkins are one of those veg (that is technically a fruit?) that I presume must be difficult to grow because they look so amazing. However, they are surprisingly easy, which is a good job, as I just bunged the plant in the ground and then left it […]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

I think my nesting instinct has finally waned, which is something of a relief! It made me nervous – I washed every item we own, hoovered, and even did some ironing (unheard of – ironing is strictly a Mr M duty!). I also batch cooked like a maniac and may have only stopped because the […]

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The Good Life – Trimmed Onions & Plaited Garlic – The Results!

After harvesting and drying onions and garlic for the first time this year, this is what I ended up with:   I am really pleased! I honestly thought the onions would only last 2 minutes, but 2 months later we’re still using them and considering that I normally buy a bag a week, it’s saving […]

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The Good Life – Garlic – No Vampires On Me

I absolutely LOVE garlic. I attempted to make garlic bread the other night but it went terribly wrong, and the result is that Mr M now has a veritable fear of garlic, which is worrying and I must fix it, quick! Last autumn, I bought some garlic for planting. I got a bit enthusiastic and […]

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The Good Life – Onion Harvesting

When I was little I loved The Good Life and wanted to be just like the beautiful, long suffering but happy Barbara. She had such amazing jumpers!! Without planning it I have found myself accidentally steering into a slightly similar way of life. Although we don’t have the pigs. Not yet. I’ve been growing vegetables […]