Growing Stuff

The (very tasty) greengage pus

Gut Chut (Greengage and Tomato Chutney) 2014

About 4 weeks ago I said that I would move away from the original subject matter of my blog, and whilst that is still true (I am working on it now but will probably take another few months to get up and running) this is a great forum for storing recipes and other how-to’s (which if I am honest is [...]
Nice shot of a pea plant on the windowsill

Spring 2013

Today Bella and I tidied up the garden after winter, we had a great time and it only really took the afternoon! The first thing we did was empty our bird feeders. These have mostly been used by the squirrels, and most of the seed has been left untouched, which could be the red kites (which [...]
Pose for the camera!

Pea and Potato Crop 2013

Last year our pea and potato harvest was not the best. Of course you can’t expect to get much out of a small raised planter, during the worst summer on UK record but this year we are going to try to “maximise our return” (grow more stuff) by getting started a bit earlier. Last year we planted our [...]
Our seed feeder - hung from and old bracket we once used for a lantern

Winter is coming

OK, so actually it is pretty much here. I’ve been working on a big project lately which I will write about once it is done, for today here is just a little update. Today Bella and I visited the Environment Centre in High Wycombe in its new home a short walk from our home. We used to go all the time [...]
The patch early in the season

Veggies Update

The last post I did about our veggie patch was back in April, since then we have had a full growing season and harvested our magnificent bounty…… well erm you’ll see. This post will be of no interest to a seasoned gardener I’m afraid, but it shows how well plants have grown on compost from my Green [...]
A few months ago this was all our plants had produced, it went on Facebook with the title of 'our magnificent strawberry harvest'

Strawberries update

5 months ago I did a very short post about some Strawberries we were planning on growing, and here is a short post about where we are with them. It has been a very poor year for strawberries, with very little sun, plus I now realise that our garden, whilst it is south facing, doesn’t get much sun [...]
Raspberry Plant


Just a quick post about a new Raspberry plant we have planted. I say new, it has been growing for two years in a little pot on the deck (no idea how it got there), I just decided it was time to see if would grow any bigger, so I have popped it next to the fence in a sunny part of the garden. I will [...]
11 Aug

Kiwi Issai update

Back in April I did my last post about a Kiwi Issai I am trying to grow in the garden, back then I was worried about the little bit of a drought we were having and hoping it would make it up to the height of the fence so it would get a bit more sun. Since then we have had the wettest summer ever, [...]

Kiwi Issai

Recently I, finally, started to enclose the hot tub (I will write an article on how to rebuild a hot tub from a unit that has been dragged backwards through a hedge and is in pieces as soon as I know how to do it myself) after it has sat in our garden for the last 2 years. This has had the effect [...]
The planter


A little while ago we planted some Strawberry seeds and then later found that some seeds we’d planted last year were growing, so we thought it would be nice to give our two little strawberry plants a home of their own. OK so we bought a few other plants to go with them (they were on sale, honest), [...]
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