Autumn planning

Tidying has been the name of the game so far this autumn and I’ve filled up my garden waste bin several times over.  But now the beds are begging to clear and the soil is turned over, its time to have a think about what I could grow over the winter months. There are not…

Autumn Tidy

With summer behind me and autumn colours setting in, it’s time I had a tidy up in the garden.  A fair amount of plants and veg have either ended or close to ending and starting to die back.  The tomato plants are very close to the end of their productive year and the leaves on…

VLog 4 – Onions

I finally got round to finishing my latest Vlog to accompany my last blog.  This episode is all about onions.

Harvesting Onions

Today is the first major harvest of this year; onions.  I love to use onions in a lot of my cooking at home. They cost around £0.16 loose for white onions or £0.21 for a red onion at the local supermarket.  With the ability to store for 2-3 months and to have a crop up…

Not keeping up

Its amazing how life takes over and things slip.  Between work, trying to build a business and looking after my garden and allotment, I have not been able to keep up with posting.  So here is a quick catch up on a couple of Vlogs from earlier in the year.  I’ll follow up with a…

Spring moving into summer

Spring has moved into summer but forgotten to tell the weather. Dark clouds brings rain making gardening far less enjoyable but the plants don’t seem to mind. However, as the days go by we have been treated to glorious sunshine as a promise of the weather to come. Now the average temperature has improved most…

Spring

Spring is here again and we have had unusually glorious temperatures for this time of year.  The early heat bring early germination and the opportunity of an early harvest; it also brings more work with grass growing quickly and the need to keep on top of general maintenance. So last weekend was about getting more…

Spring is in the air!

Finally, spring has arrived, or be it the odd day of spring is here.  Frosts still threaten any crops silly enough to raise their heads without adequate cover but when the sun is out you cannot mistake the positive feelings its warmth provides. A lot has happened since my last post.  A new fence surrounds…

Surviving the Mid Winter Blues

  Here in the East of England we are mid way through the winter and can bring on a case of the blues if you are not careful.  The wind has changed direction and, rather than bringing warm air from the south, we have cold air from the north blowing in from the North Sea.  …

A Wonderful Christmas Day

Christmas Day is upon us again and the food and drink is being eagerly consumed by friends and family.  Christmas time reminds me of why I started this journey, why I am learning to garden and produce my own crops.  Food and drink brings people together, creates a community and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing…

A Surprisingly Warm December

The East side of England seems to be stuck in autumn despite it being winter.  It should be cold with the threat of snow but it is 14 degrees Celsius in my green house and not much lower outside.  The grass is growing and some flowers and plants are starting to send out new growth…