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”

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”

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”

To dig, to double dig or to not dig at all! – Improving your Soil.

Turning the soil (single dig method):As my plot was covered in browning weeds after the spraying of weed killer I decided on a labour intensive strategy (but in my mind a key one) which was to remove the largest clumps of weeds and to dig the majority of the plot. I also had a MaresContinue reading “To dig, to double dig or to not dig at all! – Improving your Soil.”

First Steps: Tackling the Plot and Clay

Okay, plot acquired! The chairman suggested I leave the plot for two weeks to “let the weed killer do its work” and as it had already been one week since I was supposed to view the plot, this meant that from the following weekend, I could start investigating the soil and tidying the plot.  “IfContinue reading “First Steps: Tackling the Plot and Clay”

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”