Halloween!

After a glorious autumn the pumpkins have ripened well.  I left them in the pumpkin patch to catch as many sun rays as possible. I harvested them just before a spell of rain was forecast because I didn't want...

After the Leek has Bolted…

I have neglected my leeks.  My head was turned by the attention seeking tomatoes, courgettes and aubergines. U sually the leeks quietly mature and come in to their own around November time. This year they res...

Apple muffins

While our main apple tree has cropped well this year, our stepovers around the vegetable garden have had a mixed season. T hey are only two years old so they're still establishing and I have been careful to c...

Poorly Chook

We've had our four chickens for eighteen months now and they give us no end of pleasure - and eggs.  This is the first time we've kept chickens and it's been a steep learning curve. T hey are fragile creature...

Borlotti Beans

The Italian for climbing is rampicante and as my Borlotti beans took over the whole bean bed they've lived up to their name...  They totally smothered my french beans. I t's the first time I've grown Borlotti...

Late Sowings

It is a constant challenge to have an uninterrupted succession of vegetables, rather than a glut followed by a dearth (great word!) I still don't get the timing right. My red cabbages and savoys are all ready...

Baked Custards

When all four of our chooks are laying daily we are soon overrun with eggs.  Friends and family are more than happy to take the free-range, welfare-assured eggs from our happy hens but it's also made me look fo...

Winter Retreat

Something has been neatly cutting half-moons from my Dogwoods. I suspect it is the imaginatively named Leaf-cutter Bee! I am delighted they're in my garden so I've decided to build them a bug hotel. It's too ...