Half term pests 

No not the children (although they have their moments). We arrived back from a lovely weekend listening to kids’ authors talk about their books at the Hay Festival to find the broad beans covered in black aphids.   I set to work like a woman possessed and washed them all off with soapy water then…

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I have been so busy with work and family lately that I have not managed to fit in much time to blog, or spent anywhere near as long as I would like in our garden. So Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day May 2017 hosted by Carol at maydreamsgardens.com seemed like the perfect chance to get back…

More veg plotting

Wonders will never cease. Looking out of the window I can see a few drops of rain – the first we have seen in Sussex for about a month! Every evening I have been going out and watering our new veg patch by hand, eagerly awaiting the first signs of the seeds we planted over the Easter…

Making a garden our own

It is 10 months since we moved into our new garden (there is a house attached), but I still feel as though I am trespassing on someone else’s territory. Most of the trees, shrubs and plants have been chosen by others. Some I adore such as the gigantic fig tree my children love to climb and have…

A veg plot in an hour (or two)

Oh how I envy all those allotment bloggers out there who have dug over large symmetrical beds ready to sow this year’s goodies. Although I dream of one day joining their hallowed ranks, this year I have neither the space nor time. My bog roll broad beans have been sitting on the kitchen windowsill growing leggier…

Shed heaven

Now that Spring is here it will soon be time for a job we have been putting off all winter: clearing out the shed. We have a large, but extremely tumbledown shed at the end of our garden. When we moved in, it was already a quarter full with detritus left by previous occupants, old…

Bog roll beans

What to do with all those toilet roll tubes? As a family of five we produce a lot of them, so I have been meaning to re-use them as biodegradable seed pots for some time, and this weekend I finally got round to it. The first step was to clean out my mini-outdoor greenhouse after…

Seedy weekends

So far February has been a month of work deadlines and half term (aaaagh) limiting my ability to get going in the garden. But my appetite has been whetted by the appearance of a solitary flower on one of the three hellebores I planted last autumn;  By palest purple crocuses appearing in the lawn behind…

Garden bites #1

Like most of us I have many competing demands on my time and often I can only get out into the garden for half an hour or so. But those half hours soon add up. If you single out one task and complete it, you can get a great deal of satisfaction. This weekend in…

Baby it’s cold outside

Some photos from our winter garden on a misty frosty morning when Spring still feels a long way off.