Summer highlights and back to Zero Waste!

How was your summer? I hope it was a good one! We had a good time in between rain showers! We stayed in the country visiting friends and relatives and spent a week in an elderly (i.e. basic, functional and cheap) static caravan in Cornwall.  Some of the highlights of the summer included: Meeting up with the
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Mmm a nice relaxing bath of cucumbers and courgettes!

Raised beds are a great way to grow vegetables. They keep everything growing where it is meant to be, are easy to maintain and slow the slugs down (a bit). A few years ago my husband made some for our kitchen garden and I asked myself the question of whether it was cost effective to
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What a lovely way to start the day and more on Zero Waste Week!

My parents moved house last year and when they left they dug up their fig tree and gave it to us.  My wonderful husband planted it in our garden and today for the first time I ate not one but two home grown figs!  Such a great way to start the day! In other news,
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Our garlic harvest!

Back in February we bought three garlic bulbs for £5 at Seedy Sunday in Brighton.  My hubby did a great job of planting them, watering them and working out when they were ready to harvest.   We also had a little assistance from the garlic farm cook book, which tells you about the different types of garlic,
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The view from my kitchen door and homegrown salad!

I love the view of beans growing right outside my kitchen door.  We are really lucky and have a dedicated fruit and vegetable garden right next to our kitchen.  Even better than that my husband has got really into growing vegetables.  So every day I get to go out there and pick salad for my
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Is it worthwhile growing potatoes?

Last year we made a definite loss on growing potatoes and when I met James Wong earlier this year he said growing potatoes is ‘probably the most expensive way to physically get hold of one’.  Well either we haven’t learned our lesson, or we are just choosing to ignore it as we grew potatoes again this year. In our defence
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Talking to James Wong at Seedy Sunday!

This weekend I was lucky enough to meet James Wong, author, ethnobotanist and TV presenter after his talk at Seedy Sunday! Seedy Sunday is an event which is held once a year in Brighton to facilitate seed swapping. There are great talks, lots of interesting stalls, a bit of singing, some yummy food and a
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3. Give homemade and homegrown gifts!

As the holiday season approaches we are all encouraged to shop, shop, shop – but we should be encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle! In two previous posts I have written about giving the gifts of help and support as well as good feelings and good times!  There are certain situations though where you may feel
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Is it cost effective to grow your own veg part 2!

At the beginning of the summer my husband set up a raised organic vegetable patch and we wondered if it would be cost effective.  He planted Little Gem, Pak Choi, Mange Tout, Sugar Snaps, Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes, Corn, Radishes, Carrots and Cucumbers. We had the following results: Little Gem – this has lasted and lasted!  It
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