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.

February Tasks 2022

February has been here for a couple of weeks, and we are heading towards spring. There are still things to do while the weather is cold, and most plants lay dormant, waiting for the ground to warm. February is usually a month of chilly mornings, hard frosts, and gloomy days; not much will germinate in…

Reflecting on 2021 and looking to 2022

2021 2021, like the year before, was disrupted by COVID-19, lockdowns and supply shortages but not by building work. This was the first growing season since our extension was completed allowing me to start seeing the space I will develop over the coming years. The Garden I have started to segment my front and back…

Holkham Hall Walled Gardens

Walled gardens have been a staple of large British stately homes for hundreds of years.  In times when storing and transporting food was not easy, it was down to these households to produce the food they would eat and also the medicines they took to treat ill health.  While walled gardens can trace their heritage…