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...