The Garden Smallholder




  • The Garden Smallholder

    The Garden Smallholder blog about our vegetable garden and keeping chickens in a rural back garden, also our growing year down on the allotment.


  • Pullet Egg


    s are just the most adorable little things ever. Perfectly formed, just a much smaller version. A pullet is a female chicken less than a year old, depending on... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blueberries in Tubs

    Blueberries Tubs

    No matter how much growing space you have, sometimes you just have to use containers. Blueberries require an acid soil and our soil doesn’t quite cut the... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tips For Potting On Tomatoes

    Tips Potting Tomatoes

    Tomato seedlings can be potted on when large enough to handle but I prefer to do this once the first or second pair of true leaves emerge. Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pick of the Crop, Our Choice of Garlic to Grow

    Pick Crop, Choice Garlic Grow

    Red Duke Garlic is a heritage variety with fierce and spicy flavour, it originates from Moravia, Czech Republic and appears to do well in the UK climate. Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Easy Way of Planting Potatoes

    Easy Planting Potatoes

    I want to make life as easy as possible when planting our seed potatoes so I use my ‘potato planting tool’. Ok so it’s not the real tool (they do exist look the... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • What’s Growing On In February?

    What’s Growing February?

    Just a quick catch up to show what’s growing in our kitchen garden this month. The patch of early rhubarb is romping away nicely, depending on the weather we ma... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble Squeak

    Ahhh good ol’ Bubble and Squeak, a traditional English dish made using the veg (usually cabbage) and potato leftovers of a Sunday roast. The beauty of this... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

    Prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

    The Garden Smallholder Autumn fruiting raspberries should be cut down to ground level to in February or March to encourage fresh growth An allotment visit was... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beetroot and Walnut Hummus

    Beetroot Walnut Hummus

    It’s February and we’re still harvesting beetroot from the kitchen garden. In order to use some up I made a delicious hummus following a River Cottage recipe,... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Feathers and Beaky Expandable Veg Holder Product Review

    Feathers Beaky Expandable Holder Product Review

    Poultry and other captive birds across the UK still remain on bird flu lockdown, this is a necessary step to prevent spread of disease but is proving to be a... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Flurry of Snow

    Flurry Snow

    A light covering of snow arrived early this morning. I was mucking out the chickens at the time, watching their reaction to the strange-looking threat... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Build A Better Vegetable Garden Book Review

    Build Better Vegetable Garden Book Review

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    Posted on 12 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bird Flu


    What? No free ranging? Are you kidding me??!! Afraid not kiddo. We haven’t allowed our chickens to free range since early December 2016. Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Force Rhubarb

    Force Rhubarb

    If you’d like to get an earlier crop of rhubarb now is a good time to force it. Choose an  established rhubarb in your garden and simply cover the crown with a... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Our Favourite Carrot Variety

    Favourite Carrot Variety

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    Posted on 08 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Catching Up With 2016

    Catching With 2016

    Where did 2016 go? It whizzed by! We had a wonderful Christmas but I find the run up to New Year a little boring. I love family time but I’m not one to sit... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for January

    Jobs January

    The Garden Smallholder January is usually a cold month, if the weather is particularly severe there may be little to do in the vegetable garden, but now is... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Happy New Year 2017

    Happy Year 2017

    Wishing you a New Year that’s bursting with joy! I hope the new growing year ahead provides your larder and kitchen with plenty of own-grown produce. Cheers to ... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for December

    Jobs December

    The Garden Smallholder December is a great month to finish tidying, tackle repairs to structures, winter dig and generally plan and look forward to the coming... Read more

    Posted on 14 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for November

    Jobs November

    The Garden Smallholder Fading light conditions can make time for the garden almost impossible if you’re busy, now is the time to get motivated to put the... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME