I purchased a 10ft by 6ft polytunnel two years ago when we moved in to this house. It hasn’t been particular successful so far but maybe I haven’t given it a chance. The first year I positioned it in the wrong place so it wasn’t getting enough sun. This led to a mass of foliage… Read More
This year I have limited the number of tomato plants to just six. I have gone for 3 heritage varieties and 3 traditional. I was going to just go for the standard good yield tomatoes but when I went to get the plants there was an old couple having an argument over which to buy. He never stopped smiling while… Read More
Did you notice the new design? Not only has the site undergone a make over but I also took the decision to move my blog to a new home away from Blogger. Unfortunately that wasn’t as easy as I had hoped and has sadly meant I have lost all of the wonderful comments everyone had contributed. So don’t… Read More
I have been keeping chickens for just over twelve months. During this time I have really enjoyed sharing my garden with them although at times I have been know to curse them.
June has brought the rhododendron into flower. Its hard to see the bush for the flowers. These are, as always, attracting numerous bees. There seem to be several different types of bees. I will try to photograph some of them.
Watching the the great Chelsea Challenge on the BBC you couldn’t help but be impressed by the designs of the gardens created by the amateur designers. However the one thing that struck me was the amount of money which was spent on plants to create such small gardens. Scaling up from their small plots to… Read More
Hardly a weekend goes by without visiting a garden centre or nursery. I enjoy just wondering around seeing what’s in flower or what might make an interesting addition to my garden. The big problem is I always end up buying something or more often than not lots of things. Today I had hoped to buy… Read More
With the reduction of natural habitats our gardens can be the only habitats some wildlife can find. It could be sources of food or a home. Some times they are welcome and other times not. Inviting in the wildlife can be beneficial to our garden. Attract lacewings to your garden and their larvae will… Read More
A bank holiday weekend and a chance to get out into the garden. Or, as this is Manchester, plan the jobs and then watch Netflix all day because its raining. In the end the weather was dry so….. Clearing the Patio We have been using the patio for the last few weeks by ignoring the… Read More
There isn’t much to eat from the garden at the moment. The Rhubarb however has been growing well. Rhubarb is a great crop to grow in those areas of the garden that don’t get much sun. I have a couple of varieties growing. The variety used here is Timperly early. We probably all cooked a… Read More
We have now been in the house for two years. The garden is slowly coming to life with the addition of plants provided by friends, some addition of my own and good old fashioned hard work. The progress from the blank canvas I started with in the first year can be see in these… Read More