Why you need a pair of tripod ladders

Sometimes you find a brand that you really love and that's what happened when I found Niwaki. After a couple of years of following them on instagram I decided to do something i've never done before and reach out to them to see if they wanted to work together. To my huge excitement they got back to… Continue reading Why you need a pair of tripod ladders

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

Recipe: Chamomile tea

I am very keen on the idea of medicinal plants and wanted to create a corner of the terrace garden dedicated to homeopathic remedies. Now, you can't have a homeopathic border without chamomile! They're both pretty and practical, making the most perfect slumber inducing nighttime tea. To make your own is so simple, I grew… Continue reading Recipe: Chamomile tea

Watering solutions for when you’re away

This week marks the start of the school summer holidays and with the heatwave many of us are running the risk of returning home from a nice jolly to frazzled plants. We've just got back from a week away and we very wisely asked our neighbour to water everything in the greenhouse and the hanging… Continue reading Watering solutions for when you’re away

Home Hacks: How to upcyle furniture with chalk paint

I love buying old furniture. The quality is immensely better than what you can buy now for the same price as things used to be made to last. In fact, for a third the price of an ikea wardrobe you can get hold of a solid mahogany one with ornate woodwork, so I think it's… Continue reading Home Hacks: How to upcyle furniture with chalk paint

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

Porch Cottages kitchen garden & orchard plans

When we first bought the house in December 2016 we had grand plans for the back of the garden. Our garden is an L shape and the area visible from the house was a lawn area surrounded in laurels and rhododendrons. We attacked a huge number of the laurels to create a flower bed (we… Continue reading Porch Cottages kitchen garden & orchard plans