How Sweetly Her Garden Grows

I indulged myself this Bank Holiday Monday by spending practically the entire day in the garden.

I ate well, sticking to the I Quit Sugar plan (unlike yesterday which was a disaster :-( ).  For breakfast I had a fried egg on top of Swiss Chard with bacon and tomatoes.breakfast 5-5-14 Lunch was a goat’s cheese salad.  This is a large bowl but it was mainly full of salad leaves, with a French dressing and topped with cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, olives and 1/4 of an avocado.  For supper we are having Jambalaya which is a rice and vegetable dish with Chorizo and chicken.  It is cooking now and smells lovely.  That was it on the food front.  No snacks, not even an apple.salad 5-5-14 I had a lovely walk over the road today.  The dogs are quite fascinated by the lambs leaping about and running around.dogs over the road view over the road The bluebells are on their way out but still beautiful and the scent is gorgeous.bluebells 2 bluebells 1 the stick The house in the woods has a stunning display of rhodendendrons.Rodedendron Back to my garden.  I got so much done today.paraphenalia I had a little helper in the morning.  I have had 20 Sarah Raven sweet pea plants in the little greenhouse which should have been planted out a while ago.  Note to self – read instructions when buying plug plants!  So they look a bit straggly but hopefully will recover.  Harvey also planted out half the sunflower seeds.  Lara did the other half before she went back to University and hers are beginning to germinate.  The mixed sunflower seeds were a Mother’s day present so I wanted them to sow them so I can think of them when I see the flowers.Harvey helping with sweet peas This little bed is by the entrance to the vegetable garden so I will enjoy the sunflowers and sweet peas every time I go in.  I am also hoping to enjoy my birthday present of some rose bushes which are destined for this bed.Sweet peas planted The Swiss Chard and Rainbow Chard has become unruly.  I placed the colander in front of the leaves to give an idea of scale.  The plants and most leaves are massive!Swiss chard before prune The stalks are very thick and they keep producing leaves which is great but if I don’t pick them, they get bigger and bigger.Rainbow Chard stalks The large ones are a quite tough so I cut some little leaves (in colander) for breakfast and pruned back the big leaves and stalks quite hard.large Swiss Chard leaves That looks better.Swiss Chard after pruning Shame to throw this lot on the compost but sometimes a hard prune is necessary.Chard for compost I planted out this cute little tin of 5 different salad leaves today.sarah raven organic salad leaves set It is an excellent set which comes with detailed sowing and growing instructions and some recipes!  I do like Sarah Raven products.SR salad leaves details I am hoping to grow more flowers in the garden this year and I ordered Sarah Raven’s half hardy cutting garden which will apparently give me 2 – 3 vases of cut flowers a week from summer in to autumn.  I  had received the plug plants on Friday and today I potted them on as they need to be hardened off before going in to the garden.  102 plug plants potted on !102 plugs in pots I actually didn’t have 102 pots (nearly but not quite) so some were planted directly in to pots on the patio and a couple in to sheltered sunny spots in the garden.plugs in pots They don’t all fit in the greenhouse so I have pots in every sunny and sheltered space I had available.  I hope they survive and thrive.flowers potted on I also planted out some Dwarf French Beans – Aguillon – which came from the Organic Gardening Catalogue.  The seeds germinated quickly and the young plants look incredibly strong and healthy so I am very optimistic about these.  They apparently grow lots of pencil straight French Beans.  Amazing to think these were just seeds in a little envelope about 2 months ago.French Beans Aguillon This is the bean bed.  I also planted out the French Beans – Royale – which grow purple but turn green when cooked.  The climbing French beans (wigwam on the left) are doing well but no sign of the runner beans germinating which is disappointing so I may have to buy some little plants.bean bed I also weeded all the beds today and after sowing the lettuces, covered the salad leaf bed in Environmesh to keep out the flies which last year decimated my Mizuna.veg garden 5-514

I am aching all over but feel very satisfied.  I ate well, I had a lovely walk with my young man and I achieved loads in the garden.  A tip top bank holiday.  I hope yours was good too.

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to How Sweetly Her Garden Grows

  1. suzjones says:

    Wonderful.
    I loved seeing your bluebells in the woods. I grew up on Enid Blyton stories so this was a lovely reminder. :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi Zoe,

    I have spend the last day or so reading through your blog – it is giving me some much needed motivation and inspiration!

    I too am on a weight loss mission to lose the weight, and gain good health for myself and my family and it has been my pleasure reading your posts…fab content!

    Glad you have enjoyed the bank holiday weekend!

    Love,
    Ashley xx

  3. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, everything in your gardens and your pre-garden prep with seed planting is going so well. That is so great you will have fresh flowers from Summer-Autumn as well.

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