The Garden Smallholder



  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    It’s Beginning Look Like Christmas

    Very early this morning we woke to this beautiful scene. Our sleepy village, view from our window. Heavy snow fell through the early hours, covering our... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Christmas Tree Decorating

    Christmas Tree Decorating

    Last weekend we collected our tree from Stagsden Christmas Trees. A local family run business, we go there every year and just adore their Christmas shop. Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sowing in the Wind

    Sowing Wind

    The weather has been very blustery since yesterday and it looks set to continue today. The chickens are not fans of the wind blowing up their skirts,... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Poultry Worms

    Poultry Worms

    From time to time your chickens will get worms, and not just the juicy kind they find in the garden. They’ll also get intestinal worms. Icky. Read more

    Posted on 21 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Sunny November Afternoon

    Sunny November Afternoon

    The sun was shining today, so we grabbed the opportunity to plant some garlic and carry on with the autumn tidy up. Recent morning frosts claimed the last of ou... Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • It’s Funny How Tastes Change

    It’s Funny Tastes Change

    As a child I hated Brussels sprouts. With a screwed up face I’d gingerly chew in slow motion, desperately thinking of a way to avoid swallowing the evil things. Read more

    Posted on 14 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chicken Moult

    Chicken Moult

    Around this time of year, when our chickens are going through their late autumn moult, coops and pens resemble a chicken crime scene. Huge bundles of feathers... Read more

    Posted on 13 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • What’s Growing On In November?

    What’s Growing November?

    I realise I haven’t done a monthly ‘What’s Growing On’ post for such a long time. Here we are in November, the kitchen garden a very different scene to my post... Read more

    Posted on 08 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Roast Autumn Veg with Beans

    Roast Autumn with Beans

    A very simple and tasty seasonal dish, bringing the usual autumnal vegetables together. I used a late bloomer courgette in this recipe, it was given the... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blueberries in November

    Blueberries November

    Earlier this year we planted our first blueberry bushes in lovely old bath tubs. I wasn’t expecting much from their first growing year to be honest, but was... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Happy Halloween 2017

    Happy Halloween 2017

    Wooo it’s Halloween (eeek!) and it’s a bit chilly outside! I’m having a rummage through seed packets and giving them a sort out, then I’ll be splitting garlic... Read more

    Posted on 31 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Touch of Frost

    Touch Frost

    There was a real nip to the air this morning. A light blanket of frost arrived overnight as predicted, the veg garden looked so pretty twinkling in the morning... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Quick Autumn Tidy Up

    Quick Autumn Tidy

    We did a spot of autumn tidying in the veg garden this afternoon. The weather has been so lovely and mild for the time of year and the garden still looks so... Read more

    Posted on 29 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Green Tomato Chutney

    Green Tomato Chutney

    Our tomatoes are still going strong in the greenhouse but there are plenty of fruits that won’t ripen now. Our chutney recipe is perfect for using up a glut of... Read more

    Posted on 23 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bringing in the Beans

    Bringing Beans

    One of my garden jobs this month has been picking beans and bringing them in to shell. We grew 6 different climbing bean varieties this year, each were chosen... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Half a Year of Gardening

    Half Year Gardening

    In early summer just after my last blog post I ended up in hospital having surgery I wasn’t fully expecting. For some time I haven’t been well enough to tend... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rhubarb Jam


    The Garden Smallholder If you’re growing an early rhubarb variety such as Timperley Early, chances are you’re already looking for rhubarb recipes. Read more

    Posted on 16 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How I Support Peas

    Support Peas

    The Garden Smallholder I love seeing peas scrambling up natural pea sticks, tiny tendrils stretching out, curling tightly around their rustic support like... Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • What’s Growing On In March?

    What’s Growing March?

    I’m a bit late with this post but better late than never! What’s growing on in our kitchen garden this month? Timperley Early rhubarb never fails to produce as... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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