What to sow in September

Autumn is just under a month away, and the spring sown crops are ending. Cold nights and cooler days are coming, but there are still things you can grow from seed before putting the veg patch to bed or planting out a winter crop. The key to selecting your plants for sowing at this time…

Homemade Compost

Plants, whether flowers, vegetables or fruit, will need nutrients, minerals and water to germinate, grow and be productive. Whether you have a small or large garden, you will need to feed your plants, where compost comes in. You can buy compost, but that adds cost to your gardening when you have a lot of materials…

Heatwave in the UK

Recently, a heatwave swept across the UK, and I have had to look at how I can help keep my plants and animals alive. The heatwaves are not over, and we can expect more in the coming month.

Decoy Planting to Protect Vegetables

Over the past few months, I have invested time, energy and money into growing plants to produce food. Finding missing seedlings or leaves stripped bare by slugs and other pests can be very demotivating. In previous years I would have put slug pellets down around my plants to protect them. This year I wanted to…

Subsidised compost bin

Buying compost is one of the highest costs in my garden. I use new compost each year to grow potatoes in grow bags, sow seeds and mulch the veg patch and flower beds. I moved to peat-free compost, which is better for the environment, but it does cost more. The Miracle Grow Peat Free Compost…

Progress – Vegetable Garden

In my last few blog posts, I have talked about getting behind on this year’s growth (The first sowing of 2022, Better Late than Never & Transplanting from greenhouse to veg patch). In part, this was due to the fantastic weather we had in April and May, which felt more like summer than spring, but…

Transplanting from greenhouse to veg patch

The months are passing quickly, and I feel I am running behind, but today I have been able to get outside and transplant some plants from my greenhouse to the vegetable patch. I’ve spent a fair amount of time preparing the vegetable patch, which has delayed transplanting by a few weeks. Last year we put…

Peat Free Compost

This year I aim to reduce the impact of my gardening on the world around me by making small changes in how I garden and what I use in my garden. With sowing season just around the corner, this is the time I usually head out and pick up compost from the garden centre. Over…

Keeping Garden Costs Down

We hope the world will return to something close to normal soon, but the financial legacy of the pandemic will be with us for a while yet in the form of increased costs. The rising costs will affect us in the garden, and anything requiring transportation or storage will cost more as fuel costs increase….

Garden Chickens

We introduced chickens to our back garden just under a year ago, and it’s time to start including them on my YouTube channel. Recently, they have been unwanted guests in the chicken run, so I will try to sort that out in this episode.