Exploring Norfolk’s Big Houses

Norfolk has a long history and experienced some interesting times. You can’t go too far without bumping into a hill fort, Roman ruins and medieval castles, as well as some of the most amazing and well preserved stately homes once owned by the rich and royalty. Within 45 minutes north of where I live I…

A cold snap

The climate has changed a lot since I grew up. We had several inches of snow and icicles your could use as swords. Now we get a dusting of snow every other year and mainly just cold and damp. So far this year we have had a few stunning days. Bright sunshine, temperatures into the…

Heated propagation bed

The other year I built a heated propagation bed for my greenhouse. I’ve not made great use of it in previous years. This year I’m using it to extend my growing year. I’ve started some broad beans, radishes and lettuce on the heated bed to see how they do. It’s been a week now and…

Spring is on its way

January is over. January always feels longer than any other month in the year. How does it feel to you? The days are getting longer and the sun is pushing through the rain clouds. It’s still cold but it’s all the more tolerable with the sun on your back. The ground is fairly water logged…

Hearty warming food

Today has been one of those days when the sun doesn’t shine.  Here in the East of England I doesn’t feel like there has been a sunrise, it just became a lighter shade of grey with persistent rain.  It’s days like these which make winter a challenge and reminds me how much I like spring…

Looking after tools

Winter isn’t known as a time for growing but it does offer time to get prepared for next year.  If I’ve learnt anything about gardening its the more prepared you are, the easier things will be.  So this week I have been spending some time in my shed making sure my tools are ready for…

Checking on the Allotment

The cold has well and truly come to Norfolk and December is due to get even colder.  Since clearing up the allotment I have not been down to check on it and the last few things growing down there. The allotment is a very different place during the winter.  It is missing a sea of…

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.