The long hot summer has been and gone and I'm reaping the rewards in the kitchen garden. The autumn tidy up has begun and having chickens roaming around the garden smallholding means I'm never alone, the hens readily help themselves to crops and scratch the soil to a fine tilth. I'm happy to let them … Continue reading Back In The Allotment Saddle
June is a hectic month for a gardener. Endless pots of tender plants that have been nurtured and protected for many weeks can go outside now, suddenly lots of planting and watering needs doing as well as successional sowing of fast maturing crops. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen garden during this … Continue reading Busy Month of June
Rain arrived late last night and continued till morning, the kitchen garden looks refreshed with a noticeable earthy aroma to the air. Even though the sun is covered over by heavy sky I can feel heat beginning to build already. The much-needed rain encouraged lots of creatures from their hiding places, including fat slugs, unfortunately. … Continue reading After the Rain
With this great weather set to stick around for a while longer we took the plunge and planted out courgettes and butternut squash in the raised bed kitchen garden. Mollycoddled from seed it was time to take a deep breath and allow tiny tendrils to explore, yikes it's so hard letting go. Five courgette plants … Continue reading Letting Go
Biting winds, rain, hail and snow showers, we've never been so thankful for the occasional glimpse of sunshine to provide some respite. Ooh naughty February! Welcome back to our monthly catch up posts where we show you what's growing on in our garden smallholding. The vegetable garden in February still offers fabulous things to eat … Continue reading What’s Growing On In February?
Our chilli pepper seeds have germinated much sooner than usual thanks to a windowsill propagator heat mat. We mentioned in a recent post we were using one in a trial and would blog about it if we liked it. In just 8 days the first seedlings appeared with more popping up over the following days. … Continue reading Windowsill Propagator Heat Mat