Review: Chelsea Physic Gardens

I lived in London for close to ten years, for almost two of those I would walk alongside the north perimeter of Chelsea Physic Gardens every single day and later moved just round the corner. Originally I actually thought it might not be open to the public, but the more my interest in gardening grew… Continue reading Review: Chelsea Physic Gardens

Sowing tomato seeds πŸ…

In the past I have always bought little plug plants for my tomatoes but felt like I was cheating... I'm not sure why, I often say you don't get a medal for making things harder for yourself, but I'm sure I'll definitely get an extra kick of satisfaction knowing I'm eating something I grew from… Continue reading Sowing tomato seeds πŸ…

Chitting potatoes (my first time!)

I have a confession to make... I have never chitted my potatoes before. If I'm honest, I never actually thought it was worth it and would make any difference, but it's hard to ignore so many gardeners! This year I wanted to plant some super earlies into bags in the greenhouse to have a harvest… Continue reading Chitting potatoes (my first time!)

Recipe: Pickled onions

If your onion harvest this year was anything like mine, then this recipe is for you. For the second year in a row, most of our onions were tiny and shallot sized. Luckily for my dad who is the biggest pickled onion fan, we decided the best use for them would be to pickle them… Continue reading Recipe: Pickled onions

How to look keep your Christmas tree merry and bright

Twinkling with fairy lights and weighed down by sparkly baubles, the pine cone scent of a Christmas tree is sure to bring you festive joy and is by far one of my favourite parts of Christmas. I often get asked around this time of the year how best to look after your tree to make… Continue reading How to look keep your Christmas tree merry and bright

Bramble clearing

Behind our garden is a small field on a hill, separated from us by a drainage pipe that used to run water from two fishing lakes on either side. The farmer has fenced off the land about 5m above this and so it's become overgrown with brambles, Himalayan balsam, saplings and what I suspect could… Continue reading Bramble clearing

Front border transformation

You might notice over on Instagram that I rarely share close up photos from the front of our cottage.. Directly in front of our door is a dirt track, then a cricket pitch and then the west pennine moors all within 250 meters. So even though we're in a really picturesque and rural spot, close… Continue reading Front border transformation