Showing posts from 2018

Latest Vlog!

June Garden Tour

OK, so I'm a few weeks late with this vlog... sorry about that! The truth is that with the heat and being busy back at work, while I had content to upload to YouTube, I never really had chance to get around to it.

That doesn't mean that the garden hasn't been busy though. In fact it's changed drastically since the video I took just a few Sundays ago.

If you'd like to take a look at some pictures I caught, then scroll to after the video for a look :)

In the meantime, here's the garden tour...

I've been enjoying the garden daily, recently the subtle changes really make me smile.

But it's hard to keep up with watering in a heatwave that has lasted here for 2 months already. I think I'll talk about that in another episode, to show you how I'm trying to get around it.  French Marigolds aren't doing their job against pests this year, but they are lovely! The thing I noticed is that I have had much better performance and plants from the ones I gre…

Time Together

This year has been trans formative for me health-wise... I'm slowly coming back from a long stint of ill-health. While I may never get back to where I was before all of that, I do feel like this year is really taking a step in the right direction.

So much so we've been on longer walks almost every weekend!

Something I could never have done a few years ago.

Even the dog seems more excited by the change in me.

This is a local haunt for us now, a public footpath that goes through some farmland and by a stream.

Patch loves streams.

This new found need to be outdoors has really changed the way we spend time together, Darrin has even become more interested in growing food... helping me in the garden with the bigger jobs.

What do I attribute this change too?

I'll be honest my diet change and switching to Veganism has been the real driving force. I really believe that my eating choices are much more health because of it, as is my outlook on food and exercise.

Don't get me wro…

My Garden Journal

How do you keep all of your thoughts and musings on your garden?

Do you vlog, blog, or journal?

I've been doing a bit of each and I find it really helps me make sense of my garden as it grows and as I learn.

Blogging for me is my passion, I always said if I didn't work in fashion I wanted to be a creative writer. After going ahead and working in fashion, I started my own craft business back in mid-2006 and here I started blogging. That blog quickly grew and gave me enormous pleasure to keep up to date. I guess it became the outlet for creative writing.

After selling that business in 2017, I became a craft business coach over at My Indie Life Blog, the foundation of that business is also a blog. So blogging here at Green-fingered Vegan was a natural step.

As was vlogging, which is something I have also done for work... so why not my garden. Here I can get a real sense of what's happening in my garden and I think over time this video bank will help me with future garden pla…

Dartmoor National Park; Beliver Woods, Tor and Grimespound (then into the veggie garden)

Today we are off to Dartmoor... want to watch what we got up too?

I had a wonderful time walking with Darrin and my brother... Patch loved it! We even got to see Dartmoor Ponies;

The garden is moving real quick too, so much growth! Can't wait to start harvesting!!

Garden Successes and Failures (April to May 2018)

There's no doubt, this year has been slow to start in the garden and it's only now in May we are starting to see the real start of our vegetable garden. I think that's about a month behind where we'd normally be.

In between April and May a lot has changed and so today I thought I'd go through some of the successes and some of the failures of the season so far... because like all gardeners, my garden has me ever learning to perfect my production.

The real successes are my broad beans, peas and spicy lettuce leaves all of which are really starting to get going.

Just look at these beautiful flowers on the Bunyard Exhibition Broad Bean plant!

Albeit slow to get started, everything looks lush and green at this time of the year... my favourite shades coming from my Mixed Spicy Leaves.

Not everything has worked though, my Spinach is a wash out, every seedling has either burnt in the hot spell we had, or bolted because of the extreme change in just a few days in April. I …

Garden Vlog: 13th May 2018

Finally the weather is changing and slowly the garden is coming alive. Today on the show I'm taking you through what's worked, what hasn't and how my small garden is looking.

Garden Vlog: 1st April 2018 (and a country walk)

Hope you enjoy the show!

Garden Vlog: 12th March 2018

Now the snow has gone I'm back sowing more seed for my container garden.

I'm starting by sowing seeds outdoors for the following;
spinachpeasbeetrootradisha few more tomatoes that got hit by the cold snap. I've put these in my mini greenhouse, which I told you about here. I'm hoping that the temperature won't drop too much again and that if it does, the greenhouse will be enough protection.

Here are some pictures from the snow :)

This is the first time Patch has seen snow like this... I don't think she was sure what to make of it at first.

We certainly got plenty of it in the end. Here's what was left of my container garden... in need of weeding for the spring.

As the first day wore on Patch decided she loved the snow, so we made extra long trips out to find the deepest, freshest snow!

There's something quite nice about the light the snow gives off. It seems magical somehow.

Darrin got his much wished for snow day too!

Vegan 101: A new column for the blog

I have been asked a few times recently to give some new Vegans advice on a range of topics from protein replacements to recipes and so I thought I'd create a new column for the blog.

So welcome to 'Vegan 101'!

Now I want to be serious for a moment before we get into this... I have been Vegan for only 16 months. I am not a nutritional expert, nor am I experienced in cooking a huge range of cuisines, so I'm fully expecting this column to grow as I grow. With this in mind I fully welcome comments to each post as I release them... if you have something worth sharing with the masses let me know and maybe we can collaborate on a future blog post together!

Vegan 101 will include topics like;

ingredients and spicesrecipesideas for mealtimeideas for meals while travellingwhat to look out for when shoppingplus links to anything I can find that is of importance. If you have specific ideas you'd like me to cover then please let me know.
One thing I do have to say is that this …

Garden Vlog: 23rd Feb 2018

Today in the vlog I'm showing you what the very start of 2018 looks like. So we have just the first few seeds planted.

I've chosen;

Tigerella salad tomatoesGardener's Delight cherry tomatoesTumbling Tom Yellow cherry tomatoes, which I will be planing in hanging basketsBunyad Exhibition broad beans There's about 3 seeds of each variety planted in each pot (3 pots total), except for the broad beans and I just have 1 seed per pot (3 pots total).
I have labelled each pot and popped them on a sunlight windowsill.
I'll let you know how these grow.

I'm Back and ready for 2018!

How are you? I'm so excited to back gardening!

I haven't been completely idle since October, instead I have been planning all of the things that I want to grow and making the most of my very small space... I actually measured it which was a great start... Do you know I have been gardening in a rectangle no bigger than 5m, by 50cm! With this in mind I've been looking at ways I can tackle my vegetable gardening vertically.

If you have been following me on instagram you will also remember that I posted back in late December my first seed shop, where I stocked up locally on new varieties.

I want to make sure that I get a balance of food growing, so there will be basics like; tomatoes, beans, peas and lettuce. As well as some of what I tried last year like those Radish - French Breakfast no.3, do you remember?

Then I'm going to be trying new things like beetroot, which I discovered over the winter that I love to roast. Oh and then there's the Lemon Cucumbers that a f…