Today I moved 1 tonne (1000 litres) of compost/soil by myself from my driveway to my back garden. It took me about 3 hours and I'm knackered now!!! But my new raised beds in the back garden are ready for planting.
I attached the 'thingy' across the middle of the larger bed that stops the bed bowing with the weight of soil. I had to drill holes etc etc but felt rather pleased with myself 😊 I also topped up all the beds at the front and every single pot and planter that I own. I am ready to get planting and sowing now!!
I pulled up all the kale, leeks and parsley and I am processing it all. In retrospect I'm wondering if I should have let it grow for another month. Ah well, too late now.
Here are the kale shoots I was talking about. Since I 'discovered' them I've now seen/read about them several times elsewhere!!
I also saw a video on how to use all the parts of a cauliflower. Here is my coleslaw using the cauliflower leaves instead of cabbage. It was amazing!!
Kale chips, not the prettiest photo but OMG they are very moreish and very tasty!!
After 18 days without visiting a supermarket, I braved a visit to Sainbury's. It was ok. I queued outside for 10 minutes and then got everything on my stock up list except GF flour. I think I could now last several months without another visit if I really had to. One impulse buy were these reduced bunches of beetroot.
I baked them and they're now pickling themselves in spicy vinegar. Recipe HERE although I didn't have a spice sachet so I just added some mustard seeds, dried chillies, bay leaves, cloves and black peppercorns to the vinegar.
My gin club parcel arrived today. It's my last one as it's definitely a luxury I do not need. It contains a Hong Kong gin in a very pretty bottle. I will enjoy that another time. Tonight I was too tired even to open the bottle so I'm just having some wine instead.
I hope you are all well and coping with this enforced lockdown. I'm finding that living on my own without the structure of going to work is challenging. It's giving me lots of thoughts about how I need to plan better for my retirement next year.
Please stay safe and stay home everyone 💗 xxx