VEGETABLE PATCH

The garden to our house has a large unused wasteland at the back. My goal this year is to clear it all ready for growing in the Spring next year. This sounds very simple, but I have a 10m deep area of brambles, 5 overgrown Laurel bushes, various structures from previous owners allotmenteering efforts, a rotting…

JUNE PROGRESS AT THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

This time of year is always so busy in the garden that it is hard to find the time to sit and write. So I apologise, but this post is more photos than anything else. I just wanted to note down the progress in the vegetable garden so far this summer. The area I am…

SLUG PUBS AND DUSK PATROL

As gardeners we are meant to love all living things, but lately, one particular living thing is testing my patience – slugs. If like me, you have an aversion to pesticides, natural methods in pest control can be employed. However, one single method of natural pest control will not work effectively alone – It is…

Rain, Heatwave and Permaculture

The April showers came with avengeance. I spent the month sowing seeds indoors and potting out into my shed. The shed became overgrown with healthy looking seedlings, but with nowhere to go. Fortunately towards the end of the month the wet weather cleared, and what with a beautiful May bank holiday, I started transplanting the…

MARCH ON THE VEGETABLE PLOT

I have always involved my children in vegetable growing, but this year, with my daughter’s growing interest in absolutely everything life shows her, I am getting her more involved in the growing process. Last year she was overwhelmingly ecstatic collecting the “Tatoes!” whilst I dug them up from the ground, so now, at the beginning…

3 ALL NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR SPRING CLEANING

The supermarket aisle for cleaning products is filled with countless products all promising you effortless and effective cleaning. They do however fail to tell you of the human health impact of the chemicals within these products. These invisible chemicals are present with us throughout the day, in our clothing, in our bathroom, at the dinner…

FEBRUARY VEGETABLE PLOT JOBS & REWARDS

My aim for this year was to produce food all year round. Well quite accidentally I have produced my first over-wintered vegetable, Kale! These Dwarf Green Curled Kale plants can be harvested between September-Early March, so there is an opportunity this month to harvest the last of the leaves with their earthy flaVour rich in…

JANUARY VEGETABLE PLOT PREPARATIONS

During the Summer and Autumn months I find the vegetable plots which I have worked on are crammed full of vegetables, but dormant throughout winter and spring. This year I want to start experimenting with overwintering vegetables to prolong my food supply throughout the year. It is January, the coldest period of winter. As the…

WHOLESOME FRUITY FLAPJACK

This flapjack recipe was put together as a healthy cheap snack for my children and I when we’re on the go and need a quick fix for hunger pangs. I batch cook it and freeze into squares so they’re always readily available to take out with us. INGREDIENTS 200g butter 300g porridge oats 40g unrefined…

CONSUMERISM

Every time I visit a large out of town shopping centre I come home with nothing. With over 300 stores, I would find absolutely nothing I want or need. I used to enjoy shopping, however the excitement from purchasing something new was always short lived. It was just a new unused object filling up my…

FIVE WAYS TO USE UP ONE PUMPKIN

Earlier this month I joined with the Gleaning charity network Feedback who go out to farms and collect all surplus fruit and vegetables which aren’t wanted after harvest. This surplus food is then given to charities such as FareShare and FoodCycle with much needed food. After Halloween a lot of pumpkins go to waste. I…

DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

We live in an over consuming time where having more possessions can be thought of as being more successful. Advertising is all around us, persuading and convincing us to purchase things without considering the consequences. These extra possessions, which are outside of our necessities and genuine interests, are cluttering up our homes and our mind….

COMPOSTING

These are my two compost bins, hiding behind the potato plants. I love the idea that I am making my own compost from my own kitchen waste. Previously, I was throwing my kitchen waste into council bins then buying compost from the store. That made no sense, so I picked up these two left by…