January Tasks

January is a cold, dark and wet month here in Norfolk, UK. It is far from being my favourite month. There is nothing pleasant about being outside this time of the year, especially when the log fire is roaring in the lounge and a Sunday roast is on the go. It’s the time of the…

Start of a New Year – January 2020

I remember being a kid watching programmes set in the future. It’s strange to think that we are now living in it. Unfortunately, while the date reflects the shows I watched; we lack space travel and flying cars. Instead, the future has brought me a busy job, two children and a mortgage which seems to…

End of 2019

Its the start of the new year and I take a moment to reflect on 2019. It’s been hit and miss during 2019 and now my garden is being destroyed by the building work taking place to extend my home.

Growing Garlic

I love growing garlic. It’s an ingredient we use all of the time when cooking at home and I get a great feeling knowing we are using something I have grown. It stores well which means we can get months of use out of a single harvest, and now is the time to be planting…

Weekend Gardening & Saying Goodbye Vlog

These last few weeks have been surreal. We’ve spent most weekends helping to clear out my wife’s grandparents house which is being sold. The whole experience is sad but at the same time fascinating to see so much history in one place.

We have had a warm late September weekend and I have taken the opportunity to get some work done in the garden before things change and autumn really kicks in.

Saying Goodbye

I’ve tried to think of the best way to describe the last few weeks, and the best I can do is “different”. Earlier this year, my wife’s grandfather, Stan, passed away. He was 91 and had a short period of ill health before passing away at home with his family with him. When anyone passes…

First crop from the allotment

Spring has officially started here in the East of England and we are having a wide variety of weather from wonderfully warm days to bitterly cold ones. Despite the cold, nature if waking up. Seeds are starting to germinate in the greenhouse, the dreaded weeds are getting an early start and some plants are already…

End of a year, a new start.

With Christmas and New Year behind us it is time to get stuck into winter gardening.  For me winter has not been about gardening but sitting down watching idyllic episodes of River Cottage and other good life TV but find myself wasting time and not making the most of all year round growing. This year…

Planting down the allotment

It’s been a while since I have managed to get down the allotment and I have a few things I need to plant out.  All of the rain and the warm weather means I have a lot of weeding to do.  

Little and Often

We’re finally getting stable(ish) weather and and risk of frost is dropping with each day. With mostly consistent temperatures come better germination rates.  I am concerned some are too far behind now to yield a good crop this year, only time will tell.  I’m still having problems with some seeds and I’ve not seen any…