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.


  • 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
  • Top 5 Flowers for the Vegetable Garden Or Allotment

    Flowers Vegetable Garden Allotment

    It must be said, a veg garden in full productive swing is a thing of beauty. Throw some flowers into the mix and you have yourself a masterpiece. Read more

    Posted on 25 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for October

    Jobs October

    The Garden Smallholder Clocks go back, days are drawing in quick and the threat of the first frost looms. Cold biting winds, falling leaves and... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for September

    Jobs September

    The Garden Smallholder Summer is holding on by a thread in September, nights are definitely drawing in. There’s still  plenty to harvest this month... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for August

    Jobs August

    The Garden Smallholder All the hard work is starting to pay off, the vegetable garden is producing plenty to take back to the kitchen. Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for July

    Jobs July

    The Garden Smallholder If you haven’t done so already, plant out or sow runner beans, French beans and courgettes Plant out Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli for ... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • June Peek at the Veg Garden

    June Peek Garden

    This month has been very wet and mostly humid, including thunderstorms and ‘smashy’ rain. At one point the veg garden sank under water (again), luckily it... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Unexpected Residents

    Unexpected Residents

    A few weeks ago the garden smallholding gate swung open to welcome two very dehydrated and extremely hungry hens. They were purchased by some morons who... Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for June

    Jobs June

    A reblog of a previous post, a list of jobs for the kitchen garden or allotment that can be carried out this month. The Garden Smallholder I love the month of... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • May Peek at the Veg Garden

    Peek Garden

    This month has flown by for me and I’m quite late putting this post together. The photos were taken just over a week ago, since then, everything has put on... Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Gardening Weather

    Gardening Weather

    The weather has been very gorgeous, a welcome boost for the garden and the many wildlife visitors and inhabitants. Fruit bushes and cane fruit are greening up,... Read more

    Posted on 09 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME