All Hallows’ Farmhouse Kitchen Garden

Stories and seasonal tasks from a cook, slowly learning how to become a gardener.

How to grow and cook with tarragon.

How to grow and cook with tarragon.

Most commonly available Russian tarragon is a perennial that is easy to grow and overwinter in the herb garden.  It can be germinated by seed and also grown from a root cutting.  However the aroma and flavour is not very strong and seems to lessen with age. However if...

How to grow and cook with garden mint.

How to grow and cook with garden mint.

Culinary and medicinal mint is thought to have been growing in Britain since Roman times.  Loved for its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, it is a familiar sight in most herb gardens.  Mint is very easy to grow and perfect to add a finishing touch for so many...

Preparing your herb garden this Spring.

Preparing your herb garden this Spring.

Whether you have a few pots beside the back door or a patch in the garden especially designated for your favourite culinary herbs, there's such simple pleasure of being able to snip and gather fresh, aromatic leaves for the kitchen. As spring unfolds into early...

Early Spring in the Farmhouse Garden

Early Spring in the Farmhouse Garden

Almost the time for the clocks to 'spring forward' to mark the beginning of British Summer Time.  To be honest,  I am beginning to feel quietly uneasy.  This is one of the busiest times in the gardening calendar and I am so behind!  There’s so much to do and time is...

Winter Garden Tasks

Winter Garden Tasks

The shortest day has now passed and we can look forward to the daylight gently increasing each week.  Like you, we are making the most of extra time indoors to start planning our summer garden.  We just cannot resist flicking through seed catalogues and making long,...

Preparing your herb garden for winter.

Preparing your herb garden for winter.

The days are growing shorter.  It will soon be time to adjust the clock back one hour.  There's a definite nip in the air each evening.  In the darker mornings our hens are anxiously waiting later and later to be let into the yard, so they may peck and scratch all...

Making the most of your garden in September

Making the most of your garden in September

All around us we can hear the gentle hum of the combine and then a tractor or two hurries past the gate towards the grain store. I love September, but all too aware of the frantic rush of gathering in the harvest. The farming year is drawing to a close and there is 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....