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…

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…

I’ve started early and this is how I’ve done it.

After a few cold weeks and very little happening in my greenhouse more and more seeds are germinating and starting to reach out of the ground for the sun. April and May are traditionally my sowing months but for the last few years I’ve been trying to extend the season with my greenhouse and heated…

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…

What I’m sowing in January 2019

With Christmas Day almost over and with the shortest day of the year behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the new year.  In the past few years I have waited until the start of spring to sow seeds but this year I am determined to start sooner.  Its a shame to see the…

Feeling relaxed and productive at the same time

I’ve followed my philosophy of “little and often” religiously this year and I think I am starting to see the rewards.  By working on my garden and allotment plots, a little each day, I have started to form a habit.  It now feels strange to not be in the garden pulling up some young weeds…

Mid July

July is normally a good month here in Norfolk, UK. This year has seen amazing weather but I can’t remember the last time it rained, I think it was over a month ago. Watering is the biggest task on the allotment and back home in the garden. The dry spell means slugs and snails are…