New Adventures in the West Country!

We’ve been absent from the blog for a while, as raising two small boys can be quite time consuming! In 2018 we had the opportunity to live as a family in the South of France, which we relished and inspired us to continue leading a different lifestyle, so when our adventure in France was over,Continue reading “New Adventures in the West Country!”

School Garden Design Workshop

Today I had the pleasure of working with pupils at a local school, Carrfield Primary Academy, as part of their ‘Eco Day’! I worked with four different year groups, first explaining to them how we turned our overgrown garden from this:

Asparagus Fail…

We love asparagus and eat quite a lot of it, but let’s be honest – the season is very short and asparagus is best served fresh from the garden, so when we buy it from the supermarket we know it’s not at its best, and it’s probably been flown in from some far-flung location! SoContinue reading “Asparagus Fail…”

Creating a Fruit Garden

When we bought our derelict house and overgrown garden in August 2013 we had no idea of the amount of land we had, and definitely didn’t realise that we had at least 20ft of space at the side of the house!

Garden Inspiration – West Dean College

As part of the filming we did for the programme Big Dreams, Small Spaces, we were taken on an ‘Inspirational Visit’ to a place that specialised in a particular aspect of gardening that we were interested in. When Monty saw that Richard had a passion for growing chillies, he immediately recommended that we go toContinue reading “Garden Inspiration – West Dean College”

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!

River 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 “River Paths through the Garden”

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”

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”

Clearing the Wilderness to Make Room for our Vegetable Garden

When we bought a derelict house and overgrown garden in August 2013, we were actually far more interested in what we could make of the outdoor space, rather than just focusing on inside! Both the front and back gardens were so neglected that we didn’t even know how much land we had, in fact weContinue reading “Clearing the Wilderness to Make Room for our Vegetable Garden”