HOW TO: BEGINNER’S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

BEGINNER'S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

For a garden crop through Winter + into Spring

I’m lucky enough to have a garden + this year was my first foray into growing vegetables, keeping it simple with courgettes, green beans + tomatoes. I was able to grow enough vegetables to feed me + my son (just missing potatoes + carrots, which I will try next year), with more courgettes than I knew what to do with (they ended up in salads, cakes, risottos, “courgetti”, fritters, you name it). I want to keep this cost-effective + satisfying process going through the winter. It’s also great for my son to get to run into the garden to pick vegetables + see them go into his food. As well as being thankful for a garden, I’m also thankful to my brother, who bought me the materials to make a raised wooden garden bed. Having assembled the bed, I’m ready to get a permanent vegetable patch established.

Materials
Wooden bed beams + screws
Compost
Seeds
Markers (so I can remember what I have planted where)
Garden mesh (for the peas to grow up)

The bed was very easy to assemble, all I needed was a drill + it only took me about half an hour to assemble. It will take a lot of compost to fill + I will need to start composting for future years (blog post to follow). I’ve cut the garden mesh to size + tied it with wire to vine eyes along the fence panels.

Vegetables
In choosing what vegetables were suitable for my patch, I had the following criteria:

  • Must be winter hardy + suitable for late sowing
  • Must be able to direct sow into the patch (I don’t have the inclination/patience to start seeds off in seed trays)

I followed Thompson + Morgan’s guidance on Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter + chose spring onions (Winter Lisbon), perpetual spinach + peas (Kelvedon Wonder). I found some cheap seeds at SimplySeed so even if they don’t take (it’s a bit late for planting out now) I haven’t lost out too much!

HOW TO: BEGINNER’S WINTER VEGETABLE PATCH

I’ll keep you posted on how the seeds get on + what recipes the produce ends up in. Let me know what winter vegetables you’re growing + any other tips for beginners!

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5 KEY PIECES FOR YOUR AUTUMN LOOK

5 KEY PIECES FOR YOUR AUTUMN LOOK

Get ready for the colder months with these top picks

It’s time to get ready for Autumn + that means a wardrobe overhaul. Thanks to some bullet journal planning to help cull the clothes that aren’t efficient enough (blog post to follow), I’ve streamlined this season’s wardrobe + identified gaps that are going to work for all my needs across the season. The essentials on my wish list are:

Leather biker jacket
A classic that’s missing from my wardrobe, I’m finally going take the plunge + invest in a leather jacket. Staying on the high street + within a reasonable budget, my current favourite is by Mango (£119.99). My heart leaps for the red; my practical side will go for the black. This item is going to work hard for me this season, across work, weekends + nights out. When it gets really cold, I’ll layer it up with this oversize blanket scarf from ASOS + fingerless knit gloves.

Ankle boot
As well as my tan leather Kurt Geiger ankle boots, I’m looking for something a bit funkier (but still sturdy) to put a spring in my step through the winter months. ZARA have some amazing shoes at the moment + if practicality (i.e. weather) wasn’t a consideration I’d buy these beautiful blue velvet boots in a heartbeat. Their twist on the details of a Chelsea boot (£39.99) is probably the winner for me, although these patent lace ups are a close second.

Roll neck + cashmere top
Cashmere always make me feel luxurious – like I’m wearing something a little bit special. Add a roll neck + you’ve got a solid top to see you through winter. Add extra long sleeves + I’m smitten. This Sisley version (£37) is on my list, although my top tip for buying cashmere on a budget is Oxfam‘s online shop – I’ve found some real bargains there.

Midi dress
An everyday midi dress is a simple winner for work. This Cheap Monday midi dress (£55) can easily be dressed up or down + has some great detailing to add some interest to the colour (yes, I’m one of those people who ‘basic’ally wears three colours). Win!

Perfume
There’s no way around it, Diptyque’s Philosykos Eau de Parfum (£95) is a real splurge but has become my firm signature scent. I’ve never spent this much money on a perfume before, but it’s the first perfume I’ve found that really suits me + all occasions. I don’t like floral, sweet or musky scents, which rules out a pretty broad range of perfumes for me. However, the tones of fig + wood in this perfume carry me from memories of Mediterranean summer nights to bonfires + leaves crunching under foot.

Share your Autumn / Winter classics – what are your essentials this season?

5 KEY PIECES FOR YOUR AUTUMN LOOK

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