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.


  • 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
  • Chicken Health – Red Mite

    Chicken Health Mite

    Warmer weather is moving in, be alert for red mite in your coop. The Garden Smallholder Occasionally I look at my site stats to see which search terms are... Read more

    Posted on 06 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for May


    The Garden Smallholder May is the month when seed sowing is in full swing, space in the greenhouse is filling up fast with seed trays and pots. Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • April Peek at the Veg Garden

    April Peek Garden

    Here we are, very much into the month of April already and the veg garden is really taking shape now. The new raised beds I mentioned making in last months... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rhubarb Jam


    If you’re growing an early rhubarb variety such as Timperley Early, chances are you’re already looking for rhubarb recipes. If you forced it during December /... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for April

    Jobs April

    The Garden Smallholder April can be a mixed bag of weather and often unpredictable, making visits to the allotment (or garden) difficult if you don’t have a she... Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Easter Eggs!

    Easter Eggs!

    Look what I found today in the wildlife pond, what a lovely surprise for Easter Sunday! This makes 9 clumps of frog spawn in total now. Are you enjoying eggs... Read more

    Posted on 27 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Good Friday for Planting Potatoes

    Good Friday Planting Potatoes

    I like to plant my potatoes (or at least make a start) on Good Friday, not just because of tradition but also as a reminder! The weather today was glorious, blu... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • March Peek at the Veg Garden

    March Peek Garden

    Another of my monthly peek at the veg garden posts and this time a different viewpoint on a rather dull day. Looking towards the front of the shed, I took the... Read more

    Posted on 24 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Garden Campfire Cooking

    Garden Campfire Cooking

    Campfire Cooking Grills kindly sent me a Pioneer grill to review, with today being the spring equinox it was the perfect day (and luckily weather) to use it.... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Ups and Downs


    Flash flooding struck our region last week causing chaos to rail and roads, farmland, homes and gardens. Thankfully our home and the area of garden where the... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jobs for March

    Jobs March

    Reblog of an older post, a timely reminder of those jobs that can be tackled in the kitchen garden or at the allotment this month. The Garden Smallholder March... Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • February Peek at the Veg Garden

    February Peek Garden

    I thought it would be interesting to share a monthly photo of the new veg garden, to document how it changes throughout the year. Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Grow Your Own Cake Book Review

    Grow Your Cake Book Review

    When publishers Frances Lincoln contacted me to ask if I’d review a book titled Grow Your Own Cake, I rather eagerly jumped at the opportunity. You see, I’m a... Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Funny Valentine

    Funny Valentine

    Sweet comic valentine You make me smile with my heart Your looks are laughable Unphotographable Yet you’re my favourite work of art My hen Sky and I having a... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME