Summer Holidays: Perfecting the staycation in your garden.

Summer Holidays: Perfecting the staycation in your garden.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that a long, hot summer will finally arrive.  The art of the staycation is truly underway and as we all enjoy our outside space, there may be a few moments to put down a great book and ease out of your garden chair, so these are a...
Early Spring: This weekend in the garden.

Early Spring: This weekend in the garden.

As we approach the start of British Summer Time, this is one of the busiest times in the gardening calendar.  Seed trays and pots are jostling for space in the greenhouse and the cold frame is standing room only.  Sweet pea plants are being religiously brought out...
Early March: This weekend in the garden.

Early March: This weekend in the garden.

The evenings are definitely drawing out and the mornings begin earlier.  Make the most of the extended daylight to start sowing under cover in early March.  This will give you an opportunity to raise your own plants from seed and the chance to create a cut flower...
Early February: This weekend in our garden.

Early February: This weekend in our garden.

The daylight hours are lengthening and the birds are welcoming each morning with their song.  Our first sweet pea seeds were planted in the late autumn but, NOW is a great time to get another sowing undercover.  You can then look forward to gathering posies of your...
How to feed your garden birds this winter.

How to feed your garden birds this winter.

On a cold and frosty morning, we love to wrap up warm and wander along the river beside the farmhouse but not before long, we want to get back inside and pop the kettle on! Now that the winter has truly arrived we take a few moments each day to feed the birds.  ...
How to make a fully compostable and recyclable festive wreath.

How to make a fully compostable and recyclable festive wreath.

A step by step guide to create your own festive wreath that can be fully composted and recycled after Christmas. Get creative this holiday season with foliage gathered from your garden and a kit containing everything you need to create your own evergreen decoration. ...
How to make a traditional Christmas wreath.

How to make a traditional Christmas wreath.

Create your own wreath at home this year using our step by step guide. Moss gathered under licence creates the foundation for this traditional decoration and it will last throughout the festive holidays. The moss acts as a natural oasis and this in turn, keeps the...
Early Autumn: Garden Tasks

Early Autumn: Garden Tasks

For those of us fortunate enough to have an outdoor space or to be able to escape to a plot on a shared allotment, the shorter daylight hours and cooler days have arrived all too quickly.  Whilst thoughts turn to spending more time indoors, there are a few tasks that...
Summer Holidays: Perfecting the staycation in your garden.

July & August: Kitchen Garden Tasks

The holidays are here! Late July and August is the time to make the most of longed for hot, summer days.  Kick back, relax and enjoy your outside space as we reinvent the art of ‘staycation’.  If you have the inclination to put down a great book and ease...
June: Kitchen Garden Tasks

June: Kitchen Garden Tasks

The herb garden has definitely flourished during the dry, hot weather and looks its best during the month of June.  It seems that nearly everyone has taken up a trowel and had a go at growing your own.  Whether you have a few pots of herbs or a designated plot, here...
May: Kitchen Garden Tasks

May: Kitchen Garden Tasks

The Early May holiday weekend is almost here and it’s a Bank Holiday like no other, this weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of V E Day and not only will we be continuing to stay at home and help protect our precious NHS front line team and key workers, we shall...
Time to start planning your kitchen garden.

Time to start planning your kitchen garden.

The days are definitely lengthening.  I promise! It’s just that the skies here in Dorset are so grey and filled with cloud.  But listen carefully and you will hear the bird song and those precious extra moments of light are encouraging the hens to lay, as well...
Home Grown Baked Beans

Home Grown Baked Beans

Every year we get involved with the Cranborne First School Allotment Club.  The gathering during the autumn term is always exciting for the children as they reap the rewards from the growing season. We have planned a ‘Bean Feast’ for October and the idea was...
Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

It’s been awhile since I shared a post and I cannot believe how quickly the summer is passing by.  Every spare moment is spent in the garden, whether it is cutting flowers for the house or gathering produce for the kitchen. The sweet peas have been incredible...
Spring herbs and flowers

Spring herbs and flowers

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is such a versatile herb and I am ashamed to say that it was overlooked in our kitchen until we moved to the farmhouse.  It grows profusely in the potager and we also have another plant in a corner of the walled garden.  So, I am...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary

Sweet Peas For The Kitchen Table Just as we long for the first of the asparagus and Jersey Royals for the kitchen, picking the first bunch of sweet peas makes me so happy.  The tender stems and delicate petals look beautiful but it is the fresh scent filling a room...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

A Barrow Full of Plants. As much as I had hoped, there just wasn’t an opportunity to get out in the garden for long yesterday.  Alison popped around unexpectedly with some plants from her garden.  She is so generous. Do you find  that everyone who loves to...
Ladle & Fork.  Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

April Fool’s Day. It was a glorious day for the 1st April.  Finding it hard to concentrate in the office, I sneaked outside for an hour and planted the broad bean plants that had been sown in the green house last year. During the warm spell in February I potted...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

A New Chapter Begins. We moved to the farmhouse just over five years ago and for most of that time we were fortunate to hand the care and maintenance of the gardens to Alison Verrion.  Her tireless attention to detail transformed the over grown walled garden into...