Top lockdown how-to videos

One of the aspects we’ve been enjoying most about the lockdown are the how-to videos with people-in-the-know imparting their wisdom on a variety of subjects for free.

Mary Greenwell, Cate Blanchett’s favourite makeup artist (and behind her is a long queue from Jessica Chastain to Lilly James) has started doing makeup lessons online.  Mary is in her fifties but actually her lessons are for all ages.  She is brilliant at picking out great products and showing you exactly how to apply them (and also which ones she doesn’t use – she is extremely disparaging about eyelash curlers for example).  She’s done simple, 5 product only videos and more colourful ones.  We love them all.

Just watching Willow Crossley talk makes us feel calm.  Author and florist, she has started online tutorials about flowers.  Our favourite one is about wild flowers that you might see on a country walk (and then how to press them) but there are also lots on planting, flower arranging and flower crowns too.

It’s been a while since we went to art class at School but the online tutorials at Partnership Editions are hugely inspiring.  We particularly liked the tulip drawing with Rose Electra Harris but there’s also collage making, painting foraged plants, still lifes and, if you’re feeling particularly brave, portrait painting too.

We’ve loved following the planting and gardening tutorials at Daylesford Farm.  From tomatoes to cucumbers, it got us feeling very green fingered. Plus we loved finding out how exactly a bee hive works and the frollicking lambs were pretty good too.

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It has been two weeks since we planted our tomatoes in the tunnels, and this week we are back in our Market Garden with our Head Gardener @jez_taylor_market_gardening to check on the plants. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Tomatoes are vigorous plants and too much leaf can be counterproductive to securing a successful harvest. We, therefore, need to turn to a technique called sideshooting to encourage a healthy crop. Have a watch as Jez guides us through how this is done.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ? Upright tomatoes are also known as a cordon or indeterminate tomatoes. As the name suggests they grow upright with a single stem and do not bush ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ? Sideshoots are minor bushy shoots growing from the side of a plant’s stem, they drain energy from the cordon and prevent upward growth and can, therefore, lead to poor harvests. It is, for this reason, that we must snap the sideshoots, to encourage the cordon to grow upright⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ? To support tomato plants growth we recommend tying the plants using string rather than a cane. With a cane, you have to tie the plant to the cane, but with string, you just create a single knot at the bottom of the plant and wind the tomato plant around the string and each time you sideshoot you simply have to twist the tomato around a bit more⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #AskJez #inthegarden #growingtomatoes #tomatoes #organic

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How-to lockdown videos
— Francesca
3rd June 2020

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