My ‘No Dig’ plot and other Immune Boosting tips

Creating the boundary with old planks of wood

In a time where health is of the utmost importance I want to share with you what we are doing to keep well during lockdown. I’ve been reading, studying and researching health for the last 30 or so years. Wrote a book Eat Dance Shine, on staying well as you age. It’s my passion, learning how to stay well, create a long healthspan, not just a long lifespan. As you know I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, just telling you what I have done and am doing to stay well and strong in body mind emotions and spirit.

So I’m at home with Jez, just the 2 of us and the dog Teddy. No young children, no teenagers, none of our 3 adult ‘kids’ are here. Of course I miss them and our new granddaughter, just glad they are all safe, there is a lot to be grateful for. We are walking every day, with Teddy, getting the exercise as well as some fresh air and sunshine. Isn’t it incredible, sensing the cleaner air. But the thing I am most excited about is my new veg plot. It combines these 3 tips to boost your immune system and help you to stay well:

  • get outside, even better if the sun is out
  • exercise
  • eat more veg

I used to have an allotment. Years and years ago. Ran out of time to keep it going. Plus it was not outside my kitchen window, meaning I had to get myself there, which didn’t happen regularly enough. With agreement from Jez, last week we selected a spot on the lawn. If you are tempted to do this, choose a sunny spot. In my case I chose a spot that did not ruin the whole shape of the garden yet has a good stint of sun each day.

Already commited to the ‘No Dig’ method since attending Charles Dowding’s one-day course a year ago, I was clear that we were not going to strain our backs digging up the lawn! Plus this method does not break up the valuable microstructure of soil. I managed to retain and save up loads of cardboard before the recycling bin was collected last week. What I like about this no dig method:

  • no digging
  • quick to get started
  • plot does not need to be wide (ideally 1.2m) and as long as you like
  • easy to grow organic healthy veg (fingers crossed)

In next week’s blog I will go into more detail: where to you get compost from (and how to get into #homecomposting), mark out your plot, more on seeds, what I am sewing and planting, how to look after your body while gardening, so you don’t hurt yourself. In the meantime, post questions below and I’ll attempt to address them next week.

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