All Hallows’ Farmhouse Kitchen Garden

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

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...

July & August: Kitchen Garden Tasks

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 out of your...

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...

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 as...

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...

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,...

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 garden seem...