My #NationalGardeningWeek

At the weekend we decided to go for a potter around our local garden centres, which are B&Q and Homebase looking for inspiration for the garden. I have read on Twitter this week that it’s National Gardening Week so that’s given me the push to get outside in the lovely Cornish sun during my week off work!
Anyway the lovely lady on the door in B&Q gave us this copy of their new Enjoy Spring/Summer magazine, and as you know me by now I love a good freebie! It contains everything, from all your inside home furnishings to garden furniture and lawnmowers.

As we were walking around I was flicking through the pages and came across a really handy cut out and keep guide as to when to plant your veg seeds. I love anything like this and think it’s a fab idea to get organised especially for novice gardeners.

It is very clear and easy to understand with different coloured stripes so you know what to plant where. For example the red stripes tell you when to sow the seeds inside and the light orange colour stripe tells you when to sow outside.
On the next page is a quick easy month by month guide on what you should be doing in your garden on any particular month. Another handy guide to cut out and keep. 
Here’s a little tip! I have a gardening journal where i keep little cutouts and jot down notes. It’s very similar to a recipe one but on gardening instead. It is very easy to set one up with any blank notebook you can find, then you can pop clippings and leaflets in alongside your notes. I normally staple my leaflets and cut out articles to the pages so they wont fall out.
A few years back B&Q were giving away these wall charts shown below, and Its one of the most useful guides I own. Always keep and eye out in your local garden centres for freebies like these, it’s surprising what you can find! 
On Bank Holiday Monday my local Homebase were giving away little polystyrene containers of nine plants for a donation to Macmillan Cancer charity. This was an amazing idea so I was more than happy to donate. The ones I chose are in the photo below.
These are the beautiful Viola flowers I chose and they are perfect for my patio tubs. Gorgeous colours, perfect all summer long!

This is my dads veg plot where he has just planted carrots, beetroots, parsnips and lettuce, to keep in with #NationalGardeningWeek! I don’t have the garden space at my house for a veg plot, so I grow my produce in tubs on my patio, along side my fruit bushes and flowers.
I would love to hear if you have any gardening plans this week.
Rachel xx

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Cooking Book Wins with Freezing Tips!

                 cooking and freezing tips
This is my collection of cooking book wins, from various Twitter competitions over the past 18 months. I have a huge sweet tooth and the recipes in these books are to die for. My favourite book out of the three is Freeze written by Justine Pattison. It’s one of the most useful books I own! It contains not only recipes but ways to make the most out of your freezer. Some of the top tips inside include different reasons to freeze. A couple of the reasons are you have less waste, which in turn saves you money and you have the flexibility to store various meals without extra supermarket trips, costing again less money!
I use my freezer like its going out of fashion! I freeze bread and only take out what I need, so it’s kept fresh and soft. On Sundays my husband and I do big batch cooking and make enormous cottage pies and lasagne’s to freeze for the coming week as we are both very busy with work. Sometimes when we have been out of the house for 12 hours or more its hard to get the motivation to start cooking a meal, so our freezer batches come in quite handy in these situations! 
Here is another top tip I recommend! If like me your freezer is not the biggest, and after a couple of tubs of ice-cream you have hardly any room whatsoever for anything moderately bigger than a chicken. Take all the outside cardboard packaging off all the food products and cut out the cooking instructions to place on the front of the fridge with magnet. Instantly you have room for that steak and ale pie that you slaved over by making the pastry by hand! Who needs all that extra cardboard on a box of ice-lollies? when you can slide them individually into gaps in the freezer drawers amongst the bag of frozen peas and turkey dinosaurs! So not only will you be saving money by using your freezer economically, but you will also be creating a wonderful colourful collage of bits of cardboard cooking times on your fridge-freezer! 
Rachel xx

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