Make Do and Grow

At the beginning of the impending lockdown listening to people’s concerns of what the future holds, practices changing and working from home, I decided that I would try my hand at growing vegetables.

With plenty to do I knew that this would also give me a chance to learn, nurture and hopefully reap some rewards too.

I have grown vegetables a handful of times before but never have I ever been a consistent grower.

Gardening is a peaceful practice and just being outside is good for the mind as well as the soul.

Once planted I watered and watched for any signs of life, such joy seeing them pop through the soil.

Then you get a little hooked, ooh is this right, are they supposed to look like that? What next, can they go in the ground?

Luckily there are so many resources available online that answers can be easily found. Seven weeks in as they have grown a little bigger my confidence has too.

Their days are spent outside in the sunshine and then they are back in for the cooler nights.

I am in the fortunate position to have a garden and a small greenhouse but would recommend growing to everyone – I have seen so many great posts sharing the abundance of what people have grown in containers of all sorts and sizes that space is not arguable, a windowsill will do.

We had a length of old gutter which has now been planted out with lettuces.

Although I am a way off seeing the fruits of my labour, I love the routine of checking on these little plants and watching them grow stronger.

We have a mixture of veg that is due to be harvested throughout the year and I would be so happy if the the brussels on my plate at Christmas are the ones that I have grown in my garden.

Happy Planting

Big thanks to Robina for sharing her gardening tips with us, can’t wait to get planting while at home. Be sure to head over to her Instagram and give her a follow.

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