Hi, I’m Ciar, a writer, gardener and mum of three under-10s aka the Little Weeds.
We moved into our urban garden a year and a half ago and it is very much a work in progress. In the sunny, south-facing front garden we are in the process of replacing overgrown shrubs with raised veg beds.
Our back garden is north-facing but on a slope, so gets plenty of sun in the spring and summer.
It starts off with a shaded patio and overgrown toolshed, then you go up curved steps to a lawn which has been destroyed this year by our trampoline and resident Guinea pigs, Nibbles and Gracie.
More steps lead up to more terraces – we have a lot of crumbling terracing; a jungle of fruit trees including a huge fig we have nicknamed The Whomping Willow after Harry Potter; a sandpit which is popular with the local cats and another large shed.
I have a clear vision but it is going to take some time to achieve. In the meantime, I am putting to use my RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture by planting a glorious jumble of flowers and vegetables (hence the name of the blog).
I am also lucky enough to volunteer in the garden at nearby Charleston farmhouse one day a week, where I am learning lots of skills and gaining ideas for my own garden.
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 (when I can persuade them away from screens and outdoors) or as my husband aka Mr Carrot likes to call it “Forcing kids to dig dirt.”
You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter as @wildecarrot