‘We must cultivate our garden,’ says Candide at the end of Voltaire’s book of the same name. When the outside world seems a mad and dangerous place, whether in Candide’s time, or our own, sometimes the best thing we can do is simply to tend our own plot.
This does not mean a retreat from the world. I believe gardening can bring about change on a profound level, whether it is the well-documented benefits for physical and mental health, or helping to reduce packaging and food miles by growing our own.
Our garden is a medium-sized town garden just like many others up and down the country. We are fortunate to have enough space to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables and for our three children to play in, but we do not have the sweeping vistas found in glossy magazines. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sweeping vista as much as the next person, but this blog is about creating a sustainable family garden, with just a touch of magic.
Sustainability for me means growing some of our own food, choosing wildlife friendly varieties and not being too tidy, allowing nature to run a little rampant in our garden.
When I am not being a chef/ taxi driver/ bottom wiper/ mopper up of tears for three energetic kids, I am a writer and keen amateur gardener with an RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.
Here is a brief introduction to our garden in pictures.
This blog also talks about inspiring gardens we have visited, some of my favourite gardening books and gardening projects I’ve tried with my kids.
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