Summer Greens

The garden is thriving in the heat this summer! We have been watering and harvesting endlessly as the sun shines on this season. The greenhouse which protected the young seedlings and plants with such caring endeavour is now almost empty as all the tomatoes and chillies have migrated. With the heat beating down for days […]

Chilli Seedlings

Indoor planting in winter does have exciting moments especially when you see the the first green baby leaves from the chilli seeds planted less than two weeks ago! The seed trays were covered with  a plastic cover to conserve the moisture and warmth, and for this I placed the trays near the boiler in my kitchen. I’m […]

Planting Seeds

Planting chilli and tomato seeds indoors in January means the best harvests before the cooler weather of autumn sets in. It’s always amazing to think these little seeds will become plants bearing fruits this summer in my kitchen garden! So on a very cold and dismal January weekend, I have popped into my local garden […]

Tomato Harvest

I planted tomatoes for the first time this year from seed and they have been very successful in my raised beds and planters! There have been bunches and bunches everywhere I looked, from cherry tomatoes to the larger varieties. They have been ripening gradually, with the final harvest coming in this September. I have found that […]

Two Sides of a Garden

This summer I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit my friend Julia who lives in Anglesey, Wales. Her front garden is only in my dreams and one I would like to wake up to everyday, so tranquil and picturesque! Next to her front garden is this lovely little stream that goes through a waterfall […]

Planting Kale

I have decided to plant kale again this summer after last year’s success. I had bought the kale seedlings from a garden centre in September and planted them in a raised bed. I was so amazed at how lush they were over autumn and very early spring, while happily surviving the hard winter frosts! Well, this […]

Tomatoes Are Here!

Cannot believe that the weeks have gone by so quickly from when I first planted the tomato seedlings outdoors to picking my own tomatoes! Tomato seedlings that were all started from seed indoors were hardened off gradually in spring. This means that they were gradually introduced outdoors but still brought inside at night to protect […]

Flowers in My Garden

Flowers in a garden are almost a given in summer but they are even more special when you have planted the seeds yourself! I mentioned earlier this spring that I was going to try planting nasturtiums to prevent pests from my peas and beans. Well, the nasturtium seeds were planted straight into the corners of the raised beds […]

So Lush!

The vegetables in the raised bed are loving the warmer summer weather and all that rain has been so appreciated! A great transformation in just a few weeks. Even if you have just a small space on a balcony or window sill or a tiny garden, do give gardening a go. It is a wonderful […]

My Own Microgreens

It’s that time of the year to plant seeds outdoors! My first two candidates this year are radishes and pak choi. I have planted radishes before with my children as they are quick croppers and a joy to harvest!  The seeds were planted a week ago and the seedlings have all popped through, which now […]

Growing Potatoes

Potato growing is especially fun when you have little children as I found out when mine were younger! We used to take one that showed a little sprouting, plant it in a tub and watch it grow. A few months later we would empty the tub and there would be all these little potatoes that […]

Saying Goodbye

Perhaps the hardest part of this season is bidding farewell to my kale and purple sprouting broccoli that have given so generously. This has been the first time I have tried these winter hardy vegetables and they definitely will be featuring again soon! The kale has gone on produce some beautiful yellow flowers which have […]

Rosemary and Chives

I love rosemary and it comes as no surprise for my friends and family to see a large shrub living happily on one side of my garden! It requires very little care with just an autumn trim which does it the world of good. Well, last autumn I decided to take a few pruned sprigs […]

Days Out …

Seedlings have all seemed to have sensed spring as they have shown a great growth spurt! Suddenly it seems that we are surrounded by all the green and the family is having to negotiate their way as they go in and out of the back door. The seedlings are taking over a lot of space […]