All Hallows’ Farmhouse Kitchen Garden

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

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....

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...

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...