The start of a New Growing Season

What lovely weather it’s been today! Our first opportunity to get out in the garden as a family and get the growing season up and running for 2016! It was also our first chance to introduce Henry to the garden, thanks to my Mum who spent the day walking him round, entertaining him, and pushingContinue reading “The start of a New Growing Season”

Garden Planning 2016

I love this time of year! When it’s cold, dark and everyone’s a little bit miserable, it’s a great time to snuggle up in front of the fire on a dark night and start planning the year ahead in the vegetable garden! I’m making this sound very poetic aren’t I! I always create a listContinue reading “Garden Planning 2016”

A New Arrival in our Garden!

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and Facebook page for the last few weeks, but we have a good reason for that! We’ve been nurturing our new arrival to the garden: Henry Roger Lee was born on the 8th August 2015, weighing 8lb 6oz!

Introducing Chickens to the Garden

We’ve been looking forward to having a small flock of chickens for several years now, so this was an essential part of the plan when we designed our vegetable garden! After doing a lot of research on the numerous houses that are available, I settled on this one that we built and painted ourselves soContinue reading “Introducing Chickens to the Garden”

100 Happy Days of Eating from the Garden

As soon as our vegetable garden was up and running in 2014, I set us the challenge of trying to eat something from the garden for 100 days before the end of the year, and I’m pleased to say we achieved that goal! I recorded the challenge by posting a photo of what we ateContinue reading “100 Happy Days of Eating from the Garden”

June 2015 Garden Update

A few people have been asking how our garden looks this year, and to be honest we’re quite a way behind on last year due to work commitments and other things, but here are a few quick snaps from this weekend, unfortunately just after the sun went in!

Creating Paths through the Garden

I’ve been creating various posts over the last few weeks detailing how we have renovated our garden from an overgrown wilderness into a productive vegetable plot! Once the greenhouse and raised beds were in place, we needed to plan how we would link all the parts of the garden together and what materials we’d useContinue reading “Creating Paths through the Garden”

12 Tips for Creating a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables is becoming increasingly popular for many reasons; it makes financial sense (once you’re up and running) it guarantees you know where your food is coming from, you know how it’s been grown, there are no food miles, it keeps you fit and it’s a great hobby! Whether you’reContinue reading “12 Tips for Creating a Vegetable Garden”

Constructing Raised Beds

Once we’d planned our vegetable garden, the biggest challenge was plotting and building our raised beds. We rotivated the land that we’d earmarked for the veg beds, as it was covered with old turf and years of weeds, roots and ivy. We’d decided on a very informal, unstructured design to aim for a ‘cottage garden’Continue reading “Constructing Raised Beds”

Building the Greenhouse

Once we’d finalised the layout of the vegetable garden, our first challenge was to get the main feature installed: the greenhouse. We had set our hearts on a brick based, wooden framed greenhouse but unfortunately our budget wasn’t as ambitious as our dreams, but we were determined to find something that was eye-catching and notContinue reading “Building the Greenhouse”