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Bank Holiday Gardening, upcycling inside and out

I found an old disused watering can In Islington earlier in the year and saw potential for a planter, complete with a handle, to move it into different areas of the garden. Getting creative is definitely in the air over the holiday period. Especially since the time has varied and I’m needing a different approach to routine. Find your own containers to repurpose and select the best types of plants for your own, or a friend’s garden.

These are my tips for creating a feature planter using rocks inside for drainage and compost. I’ve chosen a selection of bright, colourful flowers and distinctive foliage. Snap dragons are always a firm childhood favourite and grow in random and selected spaces in our garden. A friend donated the pansy and the succulents had grown by the fence and I pulled them up and repotted them. These were in the bathroom on top of a cupboard but I suspect they prefer the outdoors for the wet conditions.

I trailed the stems across the handle of the watering can, which already has holes in the base, ideal for drainage.

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Grow your own lunch! #projectshed!

The Corona Virus was discovered in 2019 (now abbreviated to Covid-19). Much evidence supports the view that virus originates from the Wuhan Chinese ‘wet markets’, where many living species were captured for sale, including pangolins and bats, to be killed, eaten or tortured for their secretions. A pangolin is a rare 4 legged creature with attractive skin scales, which were torn from their bodies. For many years, International Campaigners have aimed to end these unnecessary cruel practices and despite even the WHO’s warning against the risk of a virus contraction, from bat/pangolin to humans, the warning went unheeded. previously SARS, Swine Flu, bird flu and Mad cow disease all originated in the meat eating/omnivorous food chain. Once again, this covid-19 has occurred for humans to learn the unnecessary evil of capturing and torturing other living beings. Humans Worldwide are now paying a steep price; floored by a microscopic virus, however it is encouraging to learn the ways forward with creating eco system support in nature.

Turn our attention towards all the things we are able to accomplish. A small step for woman kind but a giant step in my household is my turning our family home shed into a ‘She’ shed; the equivalent of ‘Man-cave’ but for my multiple left-over seed propagation. I created space on shelves found disused trays, loo rolls for natural plant pots, a decorative old oilcloth, plastic pots plus sticky labels to make the most of the warm weather. I’ve sown seeds daily, for a broad crop. Organic Lettuces from my friends Muriel and Eddie in Winchester are sown in left over cardboard loo rolls, Vegan Organic Network: beetroot, plus seeds I’d saved from my lunchtime peppers and tomatoes. Most of them are now germinating.

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A Tale of Two Gardens

theres Work to be done!

Last weekend it was the final time prior to any form of lockdown with transport, enabling us to get out and about, legally. We’ve work to do!
I took the chance to grow for London and travelled up to assist two households with planting, with my bag packed full of gardening supplies; wildflower seeds for mini meadows, salad, fruit and veg seeds and plans laid out to transform 2 different plots of land, in private houses, each also used for business purposes.

1st in G’s back garden in Golders Green
A lovely family home with a health conscious family, made sorbet, grew mini tubs. G is a former chef. I arrived In his home and observed a huge array of plants and sundries purchase from a local garden centre.

With raised beds, a mini allotment patch in a back garden.
With herbs in pots. We moved a bay tree from beneath an Elder tree to a clear spot closer to the kitchen.
We used organic wherever possible and planted 2 varieties of seed Potatoes for all uses. (Roast, mash, chip and boil).
We then Sowed seeds: radish, carrot, nasturtium and organic beetroot.
We Used a special hand held gadget to remove perfect clumps of earth ideal to plant pot bound plants or seeds. Using the hose, we watered everything in well.

The 2nd home in Islington, is a tall house with a dainty courtyard style back garden and 14 pots plus several window boxes. These are less suitable for root veg so I sowed mixed lettuce seeds, beans, several species of basil, coriander, oregano and wildflowers. Plus in the nature reserve we found and collected wild garlic, yarrow, hawthorn, deadnettle, nettle and ribwort plantain.

I watered everything with the excess rainwater that had collected in containers.