Dahlia diaries

This is the first year I've tried dahlias and I might have got a little carried when buying them up! On top of the ones I got, my mother in law also bought me some for my birthday so I ended up with 30 tubers! These were a mix from garden centres, specialist dahlia growers… Continue reading Dahlia diaries


Kitchen garden update

We have been working on our kitchen garden for almost a year now. We started by half building our raised beds last year and then got distracted by more important jobs in the rest of the garden and the house. This actually turned out to be a good thing as it turned out we'd not… Continue reading Kitchen garden update

April herb garden update

The herb garden is now so close to be completed and the chickens are loving it (not sure how I feel about that)! The cobbled raised beds have been built, soil is in and we have already planted 3 varieties of thyme, 2 varieties of sage, chives, peppermint, marjoram and rosemary. We now just need… Continue reading April herb garden update

Recipe: Rhubarb & creme patisserie tart

Rhubarb is a wonder of the veg patch, giving generously and prolifically from as early as Jan/Feb (forced) all the way through to June and maybe even July! Many people just love it stewed into a compote and mixed with a yoghurt for a fresh summery breakfast but one of my favourite recipes is to… Continue reading Recipe: Rhubarb & creme patisserie tart

Recipe: Wild garlic pesto

I love this recipe because not only is it delicious, good for you and cheap, but it's a sign that summer is well and truly on the way. Wild garlic can be found in our woodlands and hedgerows. The subtle scent of garlic wafts through the area and the luscious green leaves are topped with… Continue reading Recipe: Wild garlic pesto

How to reuse your plastic plant pots

Yesterday I was in the potting shed giving it a little tidy and felt slightly defeated looking at my huge mound of stacked plastic plant pots I have acquired over time. I insist on keeping them to reuse, but what I am able to reuse doesn't even seem to touch the sides.. I'm also reluctant… Continue reading How to reuse your plastic plant pots