Friday, 1 July 2022

Living Life On The Veg

We came up behind a Riverford van. "I used to dream about having a weekly veg box" I said "Then I realised recently that I'm eating fresh, organic veg every day, which has been grown in my own garden"
I decided that my contribution to the Postcard Project for June should be a celebration of that. 

In the notebook which accompanies the stitching, I explained that. I put photos of the raised bed, the book that is my vade mecum, and some of the food we have already enjoyed. To date, we've eaten lettuce, spinach, radishes, potatoes and broad beans from the raised bed. Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, plus mint, bay, chives and coriander from my herb patch. And courgettes and cabbage from the patio. I'm looking forward to beans, carrots, peas, kale, chard, leeks and beetroot - all currently growing in the raised bed. Tomatoes in the greenhouse, apples and pears on the trees. I honestly cannot believe the variety of produce. I'm truly grateful to all who have advised, encouraged, and given me seeds and plants. 
 For my embroidery, I stitched a row of different veg, using the cover of Huw's book as my inspiration. I posted the piece off to Kirsten earlier in the week.
As yet I have no idea at all about what to stitch for July! 

21 comments:

  1. An impressive list of veg and herbs, well done. Love the postcard embroidery.

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  2. Love that veg. stitching. and you've had so many good things to eat already. More than me and I've got 3 beds!
    You are sure to get some ideas for July stitching as the month goes by.

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    1. I suspect you will get more produce than I do, Sue - each of the 10 sections in the raised bed is relatively small. This has the advantage of variety. Plus, I am learning in this first year which veg I consider worth growing, without any gluts - other than salad leaves. Fortunately we like lettuce. We are eating it daily as I don't know any way to preserve it - it won't freeze, and we don't like lettuce soup.

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    2. I use excess lettuce as a last minute addition to any stir fry dish I make.
      We also add lettuce to omelettes, it works perfectly to bulk the omelette up without extra calories, which in my case is always welcome!

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    3. Oh, thank you Col for the great suggestions. I like the idea of putting lettuce in my omelettes

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  3. You have your own Riverford!

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  4. I LOVE your little handstitched vegetables, you are such a neat embroiderer. Aren't the Riverford vans eye-catching, I have seen them a few times out and about on the motorways.

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    1. I'm not sure if they deliver to our village

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  5. The stitching is beautiful! You are doing really well from the garden.

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  6. I'm impressed!

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  7. I love your latest embroidery contribution. We can't boast any veggies this year but I do have some of the biggest mint leaves ever grown, thanks to regular rainfall, and I made some mint tea the other day.

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  8. I am so impressed with how you have embraced growing Ang. It is fab! Very happy to have been a little part of that as well with my bean seeds.
    It's just the best feeling.
    I've been eating fresh rocket for almost 2 months and giving it to friends. Yesterday, I took enough strawberries to my flute quartet mert up for us all to have a portion and have picked over 300 so far this year. Just ate strawberries and cream for breakfast (glass bottle from Milkman) with a sprinkling of strawberry mint leaves to add an extra dimension!
    I love the fact that plants can be shared too so a bit of our gardens gies to a friend. I have oregano from Lara, raspberries from Mum. Mint from Aldeburgh beach (a tiny cutting was taken 12 years ago), nasturtium seeds from Ann (blogger).

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    1. Kezzie- your encouragement , and that of so many others has been a major part of my achievement. Thank you. Also I agree about the friend thing - I wander round my little plot saying "Kezzie's beans, Denise's peppers, Sharon's courgettes..." and remembering my generous friends and family with gratitude. PS what should I do about little black insects on my nasturtiums?

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  9. Love that row of embroidered vegetables! You've harvested lots of things from your garden, this year!

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  10. Love your stitching! And I love veg!

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