Tag: Gardening

2019 Goal 7: Learn New Practical Life Skills

I like to think of myself as a life time learner and have been studying towards different qualifications for most of my adult life. Now that I am a stay at home mum as opposed to a working mum I find I am missing a number of the practical life skills. This year I intend to change that.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”

Albert Einstein

So I am now in my 37th year and I have a confession, I cannot cook or bake or sew or knit or well, the list goes on. Now, while I know this is not the end of the day as I can always make an awesome bowl of porridge (so my kids tell me) I would like to be able to do these things. I would also like to teach my children how to do these things and more.

I know I cannot become proficient at all the practical life skills I can think of this year but I do want to have a go at some. I would especially like to learn some cooking and baking and also increase my gardening skills (which I have covered in goal 6). In addition I want to learn to sew and to knit.

What practical life skills do you have or would love to learn?

2019 Goal 6: Clear the Garden and Start Growing Veg

Every year that goes by I want to get more from my garden so my 2019 Goal number 6 (click here for the original list) is to clear the garden and start growing vegetables.

We have been in this house for over 10 years and the garden has always been a project. From demolishing an old shed to creating a lawn to making it child friendly, but now that the major lifting work is complete I feel I can set my garden to work for me.

After recently having our oil tank moved and a patio built I need to clear a lot of rubbish from my garden. The new patio included the installation of a 16ft raised bed so I now have a space to grow my vegetables.

For the last 4 years I have concentrated on growing fruit bushes such as raspberry, blueberry, gooseberry and red and black current. In addition I have had a go at growing tomatoes and peas in pots so I am not completely new to all this. However to date I have always got the plants from my local garden centre and this year I want to start from seeds. This is another goal I plan to involve my 3 children in and I hope to share our progress on this blog. Have you got green fingers or would you like to?