Prolific piles of peas

When I think of gardening, I think of my mother first and foremost, but I also think of her parents. I used to love visiting them when I was a little girl. The sun always shone in my grandparents garden and my memories are all of riotous flowerbeds full of colours and a lovely birdbath. […]

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Recipe: Beautiful beetroot crisps: or, smugness comes before a fall

Karma really does have a sense of humour. Every time I get a bit too puffed up with smug smallholding pride, out comes her little pin ready to deflate me. We had some friends from London visiting this weekend and amongst the other home-grown delights we planned to serve them I thought we could throw […]

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Water, water, everywhere, and not a minute to lose

In the middle of what has arguably been the best summer in years, the only people complaining about the heat are the gardeners, myself amongst them. How glorious to sip a g&t on a sunny evening! How less so to be robbed of that opportunity because of a stupid pipe dream about setting up a […]

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Unexpected floral finds: cutting flowers from the garden

One of the projects I intend to tackle in a big way next year is a cutting garden for flowers. I’ve always had fresh flowers in our home and place them pretty highly in the list of priorities of things that make us feel happy when we’re here. Now that we’ve got the space, I […]

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Mystery bed

In an effort to be more green I decided that I should use up the plastic plant labels I got as part of a gardening pack. However, disaster has struck! I wrote on them in what I believed to be indelible ink and it all appears to have washed off! This means that I am […]

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From paddock to kitchen garden

One of the main reasons we’ve always wanted our own smallholding was to be as self-sufficient as possible in terms of food. Given that I’ve always loved gardening, it seemed a natural next step. In London I used to grow as much food as I could in our tiny patio garden and so when moved […]

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The Hen Hatch (Patent pending)

Our chickens in our original brood used to free range widely around a couple of paddocks. When we got our new hens after the poor first lot got snaffled by a bloodthirsty fox (henceforth known as Land Pike), we decided to take the opportunity to give them an upgrade in accommodation. Enter a new hen […]

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