Shoots and leaves

Something happens in mid-February. The light increases from now and with it the promise of spring to come.

Our gardening calendar says it’s time to start seed sowing. Yay!😀

Gardening mojo

I’ve been gardening for a good few years. I’ve created vegetable beds everywhere I’ve lived over the last 20 years. But TBH the last few years have been gardening-lite.

Like lots of stuff, I’m not sure how much was due to becoming a new mum and how much having an early menopause.🤷🏻‍♀️

Whichever and whatever, I’ve missed it and I’m excited that it’s back.

Trying things out

I’ve sorted the seed box, let go of out-of-date packets, given the modules and trays a thorough wash, and put the compost in a big tub with a trowel for ease.

This week so far I’ve sown four types of lettuce, coriander, parsley, basil, aubergines, peppers & chillis.

As always I have no idea if they will germinate or not…and that’s okay. This year is all about trying things out and seeing what works.  Somehow or other I’ll end up with lots of green shoots & leaves.🌱🌱🌱

It’s all about the soil

A number of years back I came across Charles Dowding. Bags of his delicious organic salad leaves for sale in the local shop at a friend’s home town. Sitting there shining amongst all the other produce. They tasted wonderful😋

I’m reading his book, Organic Gardening: The Natural No Dig approach. It’s all about understanding and respecting the soil. Basically spread thick layers of compost or manure on it, enough to smother the weeds that lie below, and allow the soil to do the rest naturally and undisturbed.

Oh this gentle approach resonates with me. Happy soil AND less fixing and weeding required.👍


Strong soil means healthy plants, rich in nutrients and less susceptible to pests and disease.

Imagine the difference it would have made this last year if we were all well nourished with strong immune systems? Imagine the planet currently if we all practiced a no-dig approach?🌏💖

Redressing that balance may feel like an enormous challenge right now, but we can invest in our own ‘soil’.

For me, that’s my vitality right now. I wrote last week about the dietary changes I’m currently trying out. I want healthy cells and energy to grow the next chapter of my life.

As in the garden so in life.

I’m curious and I’d love to know,

What is there in you, dear one, that would welcome some attention?

What do you most want to grow in your own life?

What would it look like to sow some seeds?

What do you need help with to make this happen?

Pop your answers in the comments below or send me an email and let me know. 

All replies will be entered in to a prize draw to win a one hour coaching session with your’s truly.

I’m here to support you grow what matters to you.😊

Let’s flourish together!

Arlene x

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