Twelve principles for twelve months – May – Obtain a yield

My principle for this month is ‘Obtain a yield’ Also expressed as ‘make sure you are getting valuable results’ I am going to focus on two aspects of application of this principle;

1. The yield from my garden. I will be attempting to fulfil one of the SMART goals of my garden design by eating something from my garden on at least 4 days out of each week. As we are only just entering May, I expect pickings will still be quite limited for this month, but I expect to have a good supply of eggs from our hens, various salads, pea shoots, wild garlic, rhubarb, herbs and hopefully some broad beans and radish by the end of the month. There may be extra goodies from the community allotment too. I shall keep a record of what I harvest from the garden and what I cook with it. I have extended this to also include the yield of flowers. I love fresh flowers in my house and am aiming to cut a posy once a week to keep a supply of beautiful flowers without having to buy any.

2. The yield from my diploma activities, namely Muddy Boots outdoor playgroup and my involvement in the PDC. I shall be reflected on why I felt drawn to volunteer my time for these two projects and what yield this gives me.

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