bee on chive flowers

The new garden – a year on

We’ve lived here now for over a year so have experienced the garden in all four seasons and this spring and summer is already a stark contrast to last year’s effort. This year we’ve had enough rain to keep the garden lush (and to make our roof leak), but also lots of sunshine to encourage plant […]

hands with beetroot

The first harvest

It’s the simple things that keep me happy. Freshly baked bread, blooming flowers and food straight from the veg patch. With the mid-spring move I honestly didn’t think we’d get much of a bounty this year. By the end of June the old raised beds had been ripped out and replaced by mark 2. Bigger, […]

pear tree glut

Know any perry recipes? – The Garden – August 2013

It’s incredible how the garden can change in 30 days especially when you have days of glorious sunshine and the odd torrential rain shower to saturate the garden again. At least the water-butt hasn’t stayed dry for too long. The bargain £9 plants are flourishing and we have also had a (tiny) harvest of golden […]

Katy apple espalier blossom

The new garden – May 2013

With a new house comes a new garden to play with. It’s significantly different from our last place. We’ve swapped a tiny, no-so-private courtyard with raised beds that overlooked the fields to a “grown-up” garden with lawn, patio, grass, trees and flowers slap bang in the middle of suburbia. I certainly don’t miss sitting on […]

Planters of herbs

Just like Rachel Khoo and her Parisian window box of herbs I’ve been growing herbs in the garden for a good few years. I love using herbs in cooking, but fresh herbs can be quite expensive to buy so by growing them it means we are saving money and I have my own little patch […]

Bird Seed Cake

Although our garden may resemble a postage stamp it has slowly and surely become a haven for small birds. Along with the pair of robins who reappeared last week we often see coal tits, blue tits, chaffinch, great tit, goldfinch, sparrows, wrens, very occasionally boisterous starlings…and that is where my bird identification skills end. I […]

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