Sunday, April 5, 2009

Today's to-do list

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend with a bit of sunshine. It's nice and sunny here in Oxfordshire, but it's still a bit on the cold side for my liking.

I have a big to-do list for today. Now I'm not much of a fan of to-do lists, maybe because I don't like the disappointment if I don't do all of it, and because I'm a bit forgetful and end up forgetting to look at my to-do lists. But seeing as today is Sunday, and I have plenty of things I'd like to get done before the start of another week, I've written out my list. Here's how it goes:

1. Gardening
  • Weed front garden
  • Plant seeds
  • Dig bed in front of Shed
2. Food
  • Plan weekly menu
  • Write grocery list
  • Do grocery shopping
3. Cleaning
  • 20 minute floor clean downstairs
  • 15 minute vacuum downstairs
  • 10 minute kitchen wipe-down
  • Water house plants
  • Put on dark washing
It's not too bad actually. As you can see I've given myself time limits on my cleaning, because it's easy to get carried away or overwhelmed by tasks at the weekend, and if I use my timer to do a quick clean I don't feel as bad about doing cleaning on a Sunday. I've also not written the list to do in that particular order, but it does help to clearly define the three main areas I'll focus on today (other than relaxing that is - that's my main focus!).

One of my tasks is to water all the houseplants today, and I thought I'd share some handy tips I've learnt about feeding your plants as you water them:

  • When you boil or steam veggies, use the left-over water to cool down and use it to water your plants - a lovely nutritious treat for them.
  • You can use cooled down chamomile tea to water young plants if you would like to prevent mould.
  • If you own a fish tank, don't throw away any of the smelly water when you clean the tank - the water is full of nutrients that your plants will love.
  • Nettles growing in the corner of the garden? Half fill a bucket with nettles and add rainwater. Cover the bucket and leave to infuse for 2-3 weeks. Drain the water (which should have a strong odour), and dilute to 4 parts water for watering roots of plants or to enrich the soil - voila! A nettle manure.
I'll be back soon with a post about scrubbing floors! Watch this space...
Have a great Sunday!


Sarah said...

Gosh - your list looks identical to mine! I'm determined to do some gardening today especially as rain is forecast.
Great idea regarding the veggie water - I'll try that. I end up freezing the water for stocks and sauces, but I'm sure my plants could have some of it!

Ivy said...

Your plant feeding tips are so awesome! You're so smart! ;)

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