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 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
  • 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