My City of Raised Beds

My seedlings are nearly ready for the outdoors and we have been busy preparing for this exciting transition! I started my kitchen garden last year with two little squares of raised beds and could not have anticipated the joy of harvesting so much in the summer months! It all started with the book by Dorling Kindersley, […]

Greens in Spring

The warmer touch to the weather this March is certainly doing its magic on the green and purple kale that I planted in late summer last year. I had always felt that not much could be grown in the winter months, especially without a greenhouse. So I bought kale, purple sprouting broccoli and leek seedlings from a […]

Seeds to a start

I have never planted chillies from seed before so this spring I am going to try for the very first time to grow my own chilli seedlings. I ordered three different varieties from South Devon Chilli Farm, who posted them promptly and they were here in two days! Along with the seeds came some great […]

Spinach in January!

So impressed with my perpetual spinach as well as my chard that I planted last spring …  the plants have survived the hard frosts of Christmas without cover! These varieties are certainly hardy and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys fresh young green spinach and chard leaves for a salad, particularly for the colder […]

Have to Net it!

Well having celebrated planting my kale, sprouting brocolli, leek, spinach and chard seedlings, I’m now having to cover the raised beds with nets to protect them from pigeons and squirrels! A lighter one has been placed over the kale as it will need room to grow and as such requires height. my  husband has created […]

Growing Kale

I was truly inspired by my young nephew … and so I have bought some beautiful green and purple kale seedlings from a garden centre in Milton Keynes. For good measure I have added some leek and purple sprouting brocolli seedlings too as all these will be ready to harvest over the winter months. I […]

Young inspiration!

Now if you ever needed motivation to grow your vegetables, you needn’t look further than my 8 year old nephew Milun. Not only has he taken an interest in gardening, he is actually nurturing some beautiful curly kale (yes you read it right, curly kale). I can’t even get my children who are older than […]

What a surprise!

Now I’ve been away for 10 days on holiday and did wonder whether the plants in my raised bed would survive the heatwave that had been forcasted while I was away. Further down, I will describe how these plants have survived the heat. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the beans, spinach and chard […]

…planted seeds

Spring feels like a magical time when a few seeds in your hand will soon turn into beautiful fresh green vegetables for you to enjoy for the coming months, with promised days of sunshine! I have chosen a variety of seeds to plant this season, indoors to start with as the nights are still too cold. My hardy […]