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…

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…

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…

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.  …

Looking back

November has well and truly set in.  The golden and red leaves are dropping and the nights have drawn in.  As we move into winter, it is time to look back and reflect on this years season, the successes and failures.  It is also a time to get on top of some pre-winter tasks before…

Practice run – Making Tomato Soup

One of the aims of this project is to reduce the amount of shop brought food and to produce my own food.  One of the main challenges I need to overcome is how to store my fresh produce once the crop has been harvested.  Some crops, such as carrots and potatoes store relatively well without…

High winds and a frost.

Last weekend brought high winds and cold air; luckily, other than a few things being blown around the garden, I didn’t suffer any damage and my greenhouse stood up well to its first storm.  The bad weather did not stop some garden activity as I was able to shelter under the glass in relative warmth…

First signs of life in the greenhouse

I am very excited! I have come home to find the first plants to germinate in my new greenhouse.  The temperature has been quite cold so I have not expected much to happen so soon. The little gem is the first to break out of the sowing compost and offer me hope for this growing season….

Getting on with January Tasks

Before the end of the month I need to make sure I am top of my January tasks for the month.  Top of the list for this weekend is to improve my soil quality.  Last year I extended my main bed by removing turf.  I didn’t add any goodness back into the soil at that…