I'm a bit late with this post but better late than never! What’s growing on in our kitchen garden this month? Timperley Early rhubarb never fails to produce as early as March, feeding us well into summer. Right now our patch of rhubarb is looking fantastic with big healthy leaves and green stems flushed with red. The plum trees are beginning … Continue reading What’s Growing On In March?
A light covering of snow arrived early this morning. I was mucking out the chickens at the time, watching their reaction to the strange-looking threat falling from the sky. I did find it amusing, it's the first time these particular hens have seen snow. After finishing the chicken chores I grabbed my camera and took some … Continue reading Flurry of Snow
If you'd like to get an earlier crop of rhubarb now is a good time to force it. Choose an established rhubarb in your garden and simply cover the crown with a forcing jar, upturned dustbin or very large pot. Doing this creates a dark and warm environment inside, forcing the stems into premature growth. Restricted light creates baby pink stalks which taste less tart and … Continue reading How to Force Rhubarb
Where did 2016 go? It whizzed by! We had a wonderful Christmas but I find the run up to New Year a little boring. I love family time but I'm not one to sit around for hours/days on end doing nothing, I get the urge to do something other than eat junk and fall asleep in front of the TV watching the … Continue reading Catching Up With 2016
This month has flown by for me and I'm quite late putting this post together. The photos were taken just over a week ago, since then, everything has put on more growth. Inspired by Charles Dowding, the four no dig beds we planned are finished (no dig = cardboard to smother the lawn/weeds, topped with a … Continue reading May Peek at the Veg Garden
The weather has been very gorgeous, a welcome boost for the garden and the many wildlife visitors and inhabitants. Fruit bushes and cane fruit are greening up, potatoes leaves are peeking through, peas scramble up chicken wire, seeds are germinating in the ground and tender crops such as beans and squash are germinating in the greenhouse. Plenty of watering had … Continue reading Gardening Weather