The Patch Plan

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Sow… I finally got round to making a plan for the vegetable patch yesterday. I’ve never done one before but seeing everyone else’s start to appear on Instagram I thought I would. Hopefully it will mean I get more out of the patch rather than running out of room or it being a jumbled mess.

This is the fourth year I have been growing in the patch. It’s a raised bed measuring approx 6.25 X 1.3 meters. It has railway sleeper edging and is filled with rotted down compost. My family donate all their rotted down compost to the patch!

The empty patch a few weeks ago.

I buy all my seeds from Lidl as they are so cheap and I’ve never had any problems with germination or small harvests. I saw them in Lidl a few weeks ago so grabbed everything I wanted. I should have really checked what I already had as I still had a lot left from last year and had been given some from friends as well! Last years are still in date so will use those up first.

 

Seed supply.

 

Here is the plan…

Patch plan.

I’ve also made a colour coded list of what needs to be sown when. It’s still getting a bit frosty here and I don’t have a green house, apart from a mini IKEA one which is amazing – might have to get another one at the weekend, so will wait until nearer the end of the month before I start sowing.

 

Sowing guide.

 

I completely forgot to think about rotation until I had finished drawing and colouring but nothing is going to be planted in the same place as last year so I think I’ll just give it a go and keep my fingers crossed.

I have two wooden troughs which I got out of a skip. One currently has herbs in it but am going to put those into pots and have lettuce growing in both. There will also be lots of tomatoes and cucumbers plants which my friends mum gives me when they are OK to go outside.

The two blueberry bushes where given to me by my mum as Dylan (the dog) used to eat them before she had a chance to pick them!

 

Dylan in the strawberries. He was too quick to catch eating the blueberries!

 

The plan may have been drawn too soon though as I’m off to the Edible Garden Show tomorrow so I may come back with a million and one ideas and need to to completely re draw it!

I want to start thinking about what I can grow over the winter months as I don’t like seeing the patch empty. Does anyone have any ideas what I can grow?

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Makelight ~ Emily Quinton

Two weeks ago I came across a sponsored ad on my Instagram feed which caught my attention. It was a beautiful photograph by Emily Quinton advertising the Makelight taster course on how to take beautiful photographs. I clicked on Emily’s profile and my screen was instantly filled with wonderful images. I knew straight away I was signing up to the course.

Everyday over five days you get an email with a link to the lesson. The lessons can be completed when it’s convenient for you and include videos and written contents. There are tasks for you to complete and questions for you to think about. I’m not going to go into detail about each lesson as I really recommend you sign up to the free course and complete the tasks yourself to get the most out of it.

Since I have completed the course I feel that my eyes are constantly searching for beautiful images to capture. I used to just have one Instagram feed, @georgina8055, but this was a jumble of personal pictures, regrams and my hobbies. I have kept this account but have also set up an account for my blog which will focus on crafting and gardening, you can find me at @sewinthegarden.

 

Before Makelight.

 

 

After Makelight.

 

I have since signed up to Emily’s Beautify Your Instagram course which starts on March 14th so keep checking my Instagram to see all my photographs and I’ll update you all on here as to how I got on. Emily’s website, Makelight, is filled with all the details of the courses she runs both online and at her studio. There is also a very inspiring blog section you must read.

See you on Instagram and don’t forget to sign up to the taster course.

My First Satchel

Sew… I finished my four week sewing course with Kitchen Table Sewing this week and now have a satchel to show for it. The course was brilliant but this is probably the most untidy sewing I have ever done. It is entirely my doing and not that of the lovely Janet or the pattern but my fabric choices.

 

The finished satchel.

 

I used a star print duck cotton from Fabric World. It seemed to have a different feel to it than the Cath Kidston duck cotton I have used for sewing in the past. It seemed a lot softer and frayed a lot. Due to the fraying I remade my tabs. I decided to do this in a contrasting colour, as suggested by Mr C. Being lazy I used some fabric I already had in my stash. The tabs were a lot better than the first attempt, however when it came to sewing them onto the front pocket I struggled due to the thickness as this fabric was a lot thicker than the stars. I was going though 5 layers of fabric plus three lots of interfacing which meant that I was unable to sew as close to the edge as I needed and therefore the tabs lift at the edges. However the contrast looked brilliant.

The contrasting tab.

 

I used the contrasting fabric for the gussets (I can heard Janet giggling at the mention of the word gusset!), again advice of Mr C. This again looked brilliant but due to the thickness made sewing the rounded corners tricky. The corners also proved difficult because I had to undo some stitching which caused the star fabric to fray quite a lot which meant the corners weren’t as rounded as they should have been.

Wonky corners and a neat strap.

 

The strap was probably the best bit of sewing! Instead of using the cream tabs for the bag straps I used the star fabric as it made them stand out on the cream gusset (hehe) and followed the line of the strap.

Contrasting gussets and matching strap tabs.

 

Oh and the inside pocket is an extra that Janet added in and is definitely a must for a bag.

The very useful internal pocket.

 

I will definitely be making another satchel and would recommend making one. The tabs are the fiddliest bit but making them in one go at the beginning meant that the constructing of the bag was reasonably straight forward.

I have given myself until the end of the month to make another one. Watch this space. It has also given me the idea to go rummaging around charity shops looking for old bags which I can take apart for the metal work!

Have you ever made a satchel? How did you get on with the fiddly sewing? I would love to see your pictures of them, feel free to share them with me on Instagram @sewinthegarden.