How My Garden Grows

Wasn’t today lovely?  The sun finally remembered to shine and how we enjoyed it.

After eating too much last night ( 😦 ) I was not hungry this morning so skipped breakfast and went shopping in Tenterden with Harvey.  I was heading for my final shop when I saw a sign saying a deli was serving Monmouth coffee.  It was about 1:30pm and I was hungry so I succumbed.

Good people of the Weald – if you have a hint of weakness do NOT ever go to Nutmeg Deli.  I was only going to have a coffee but at eye level was a fantastic array of cakes.  Oh my goodness.  Right under my nose was one of my favourites; a fresh, just been made, cherry Bakewell tart.  I had to have some.  Harvey and I shared a slice of Bakewell tart and a chocolate Brownie.  They were both fabulous and the coffee had that unmistakable treacly toffee flavour of Monmouth I know and love so much.  A very naughty but completely delicious treat.

I spent the afternoon in the garden, mainly tending my vegetable beds.  The battle with the bunnies has not been won yet.  I am down but not defeated.  I think the seaside windmills are helping a little.

veg beds June 29th 2013 Bed 1 contains peas, sweetcorn, radishes and nasturtiums.  The raspberry bushes behind are full of berries which I am looking forward to.bed 1 Bed 2 has sunflowers, leeks (donated by 2 different people hence the size difference) and nasturtiums. I still have more leeks to plant out but it is quite fiddly as they are like blades of grass but I am hoping to finish them tomorrow.bed 2 Bed 3 has peas, spinach, lettuce, thyme and oregano.bed 3 Bed 4 has French beans, courgette, Swiss Chard and red cabbage.bed 4 Bed 4 is new and was only built last week.  The chicken wire is temporary while I decide how to barricade the vegetable beds from the rabbits.  It may not be pretty but it works!veg patch 29-6-2013 I have cleared a lot of garden and unearthed this beautiful pale orange rose.orange rose 3 It looks lovely andorange rose 2 smells lovely too.orange rose The strawberries are ripening.  They seem to be protected from birds by the rose growing over them.  I have never grown strawberries before but now I know how lovely they are, fresh from the plant, I will be growing lots next year.strawbs I enjoy this corner of the patio.  I like the riot of colour the geraniums and petunias provide.flowers and strawbs pink petunias purple petunias Over in another corner of the garden, a solitary fig is growing on the tree the girls gave me for a significant birthday.fig This is my original vegetable patch which has been growing veggies for years now.  This year it is home to potatoes and onions.  The rabbits live near here and keep munching the top of the onions – GRRRRRRRR.  Hopefully they will survive.  The onions that is, not the rabbits!potatoes and onions June 2013 This is the area that was once full of shrubs but is in the process of being cleared.  It will soon be the location of a new greenhouse and a large fruit cage.  I just need to choose which ones to get so I am busy researching.Garden clearance Dinner was another diet disaster – Chinese takeaway.  I had the sweet and sour chicken but redeemed myself slightly by having it on a selection of vegetables instead of rice.sweet and sour chicken with veggiesTomorrow I have planned a healthy breakfast and a long walk in the afternoon so I should do better than I did today.

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

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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2 Responses to How My Garden Grows

  1. laura1952 says:

    I love all your raised bed for the gardens. I just don’t have enough sun to grow vegetables. I did try spinach this year, but that didn’t turn out too well. I definitely would also love to try that coffee of yours. I don’t use sugar and haven’t for almost 30 years in my coffee, so is it sweet? I do love toffee.

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