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”

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”