Growing Okra

‘Slimy’, ‘bitter’, ‘absolutely gross’. Okra is a vegetable that has mixed reviews from people – a bit like Marmite- you either love it or hate it! In our case at home- we all absolutely love this vegetable. From young children, our grandmother made okra irresistible and this year we thought we would give this aContinue reading “Growing Okra”

Worm Husbandry

So, for my birthday (2019), my Mrs brought me a wormery – true love that is. The kit came (again thank you my amazon account) from a UK company and was very easy to put together. I have started one tray and the worms live near the house (at the back door) for any greenContinue reading “Worm Husbandry”

Experiment – Quinoa

We have an allotted space for some quinoa…I ordered some seeds from the lovely Derek from Elfskin Edibles [https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/elfskinsedibles]…Quinoa in the UK? Lets see how this goes! We have the Chesiya Mama variety and have just sown the seeds [planted in early May in the UK]. We had instruction to cover with a fine layerContinue reading “Experiment – Quinoa”

Foraging

Foraging has always been an interest and its so important to sustaining a self-sufficient and sustainable life. Our ancient forests are full of secret ingredients that only a few know about. We have been on a few foraging courses [definitely recommend everyone should give them a shot – personally feel they should be on theContinue reading “Foraging”

SOWING SEASON

It’s been a busy couple of weeks trying to get together all the seeds that we have planned out for the plots alongside germinating them all and keeping to our schedule to ensure that we don’t miss out on getting them in the ground in time. Covid 19 has been a slight restriction in termsContinue reading “SOWING SEASON”

The Start of a journey…

In recent years, I have witnessed and come to appreciate, a wider acceptance and desire for home-grown produce and growing using organic sustainable methods. There is an infinite source of information now appearing online, concerning new techniques being trialled and tested to drive a “cleaner” and “greener” growing methods as well as reduce waste, heavyContinue reading “The Start of a journey…”

The Sustainable Dream

As 3 young children, we always spoke about one day owning our own farm…Ben would be the grower / cultivator, Natasha would cook all the produce and run the shop and Tania would be in charge of the animals. You could say we have always had an affinity towards nature, the outdoors, animals and growingContinue reading “The Sustainable Dream”

Growing up green

We are three siblings. Ben, Natasha and Tania. Growing up in the leafy suburbs of south east London, bordering Kent [the Garden of England] we have some of our fondest memories with nature, exploring, playing and planting. In our blog we will be taking you through different ways in which we have become more sustainable,Continue reading “Growing up green”

Welcome…

We are all told, “live your life to the fullest”; we are here to do just that. We are three siblings, with a passion for living as naturally and as sustainably as possible.  The Diary of a New Gardener [DOANG] serves as a vessel for you to follow our journey into building a more sustainable life, project our passions, alternative viewsContinue reading “Welcome…”