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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Designing and Planning a Vegetable Garden

At the time that we bought our house with its overgrown wilderness of a garden, we had no idea how much outdoor space we actually had, but we were certain that whatever the size, a large part of it would be taken up by raised beds and become a productive vegetable plot. Once we’d clearedContinue reading “Designing and Planning a Vegetable Garden”

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”

Happy Days

As you’ve probably guessed by now if you’re friends with either of us on Facebook or Twitter, we’re now back in the North of England after a wonderful summer living in the South of France. Here’s a little photo gallery selected from the 1,657 photos we took over the last 5 months! During the summerContinue reading “Happy Days”

101 Things to do with Figs!

The title of this blog post might be slightly misleading… we don’t HAVE 101 things to do with figs, we NEED 101 things! The figs in are garden are ripening by the day, and we’re desperately trying to pick them before they go squishy and fall to the floor. So, we open to suggestions please,Continue reading “101 Things to do with Figs!”