Planting

Most purchased plants and seed packets usually contain some form of advice as to when to plant a plant or seed. In our experience, this is based on extensive research to find the best growing conditions for that plant. Based on the findings, the advice is created for a generalised public to fit a generalContinue reading “Planting”

Macro images from the back garden

So who doesn’t love a bit of Macro? We had some beautiful leaves and flowers Hosta, Cordyline, Dhalia, Bamboo and Lily that we’re looking stunning after a morning shower so had to take some photos and wanted to share the beauty with all our wonderful followers. We hope you enjoy them!

Building our compost bins from old pallets

So, I have a friend that has a warehouse – with lots of pallets! When I sent a photo of the 99+ pallets to Ben, he immediately said; “GET THEM ALL!”. First task…finding a van…check Second task…loading the van…check Third task…transporting the pallets…check Fourth task…emptying the pallets from the van…check… Fifth task…transporting the pallets toContinue reading “Building our compost bins from old pallets”

In the jungle, the broad bean jungle…the broad beans sit tonight!

Go on…sing along – A WHIM A WAY…(I can hear your humming now!) Thought we would give you an on our first little haul of broad beans/ fava beans/ pillows of goodness (whatever you’d prefer to call them)- an interesting journey through growing nevertheless. We have these a try in the garden at home andContinue reading “In the jungle, the broad bean jungle…the broad beans sit tonight!”

The Plan of the Plot

Of course we want to take you on the journey with us and as the well known saying by Benjamin Franklin goes; ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’. We thought we would share the plan we painstakingly constructed at the beginning of this year (2020). This plan is for the allotmentContinue reading “The Plan of the Plot”

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”

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”

Gardening Tools – For Beginners

So, although the name of this blog is ‘The Diary of a New Gardener’, we have collectively 66 years of growing experience [a bit crazy to say, but as we started growing things at the young ages of 5,7 and 9 we all have 22 years of experience each – therefore collectively 66] but weContinue reading “Gardening Tools – For Beginners”