Potager Garden: July 2020

The sunshine of late July beckoned us to the woodlands and with it being such a busy month in the garden too, I am a little behind on my garden diary. I signed off in June with the sight of our onion crop harvested and drying on the raised beds. Soon after, the garlic was…

Potager Garden: June 2020

The heatwave of spring has made way for rolling thunder storms. A bright lit early evening was swallowed by a swirling mass of darkening clouds gathered directly above our garden. It was one of those heart racing moments when my count between the lightning and thunder is zero. (The photograph below is not monochrome.) After…

Potager Garden: Umbrella boats, windowsill seeds and chocolate flapjacks

The rain continues. The morning is spent with much-loved grandparents, playing card games at the table together and drinking mugs of tea. After lunch, I grab my coat, pull up my hood and wander through the little potager garden, finding stillness in the water droplets balanced on petals and leaves. My daughter is always ready…

Potager Garden: When the veg plot becomes an outdoor classroom

Today in the garden, whilst I have been working on the veg plot and sweeping the paths, my little daughter has had some lucky finds. She has gathered them in her wheelbarrow, and is now laying them out neatly. We use them to practise her counting, one to ten. She pauses and concentrates after “123”…

Potager Garden: Baby mushrooms finally visible …

I had the idea, because a mushroom fairy ring used to pop up, seemingly overnight, every year in our old garden, that mushrooms grow exceedingly quickly.  This certainly does appear to be the case as now that three weeks have gone by since planting and the little caps of our homegrown mushrooms are showing, they…

Potager Garden: mushrooms, recycled planters, seedlings and a birthday

Here in England we have had the most perfect spring week of bright sunshine, so we have been away from our blog getting lots of work done on converting the garden into a potager.  Here’s a little update on how it’s going… With thanks to our online friends, we have our slug problem humanely under control…

Potager Garden: When your kitchen becomes a greenhouse…

We’re currently in that 4-6 week period where all of the indoor-sown seeds have sprouted and are growing really fast … but we’re still waiting on the frost to clear before they can all move outside. So today, the children helped me to carry the camping tables into the kitchen from storage.  You can just…