The Garden Smallholder



  • My Sweet Little Allotment

    Have I mentioned I love my allotment and how happy I am lately? Even flying visits to water leave me feeling immensely proud, happy and relieved. Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Strawberry Season

    Our strawberries are starting to ripen now, each morning I greedily search through the foliage for ruby red fruit. We grow Cambridge Favourite strawberries and... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Busy Month of June

    June is a hectic month for a gardener. Endless pots of tender plants that have been nurtured and protected for many weeks can go outside now, suddenly lots of... Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Broad Bean Bruschetta

    Harvesting broad beans " data-medium-file=""... Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Planting on the Allotment

    Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and very hot, I decided to finish painting inside the shed during the hottest part of the day to avoid getting sunburn and... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • New Fence and Planting

    Last weekend I had a bit of help from Rich to put a fence around the allotment using chicken wire and fencing pins to keep rabbits and deer out. Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • After the Rain

    Rain arrived late last night and continued till morning, the kitchen garden looks refreshed with a noticeable earthy aroma to the air. Read more

    Posted on 25 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Letting Go

    With this great weather set to stick around for a while longer we took the plunge and planted out courgettes and butternut squash in the raised bed kitchen... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beautiful Evenings on the Allotment

    Beautiful Evenings Allotment

    The weather at the moment is glorious. Blue cloudless sky and warm sunny evenings spent on the allotment is a tonic, the stresses of everyday life melt away... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Allotment Shed

    Allotment Shed

    The new shed has been in place on plot 33 for a number of weeks, I’ve even managed to paint it a lovely shade of cream thanks to the warm dry weather that’s bee... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rhubarb and Raspberries

    Rhubarb Raspberries

    A quick update on the allotment, I have a shed arriving in a couple of weeks time! I’m so excited to have a little space to retreat to for a cup of tea. Read more

    Posted on 27 March 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Allotment Snooping In The Snow

    Allotment Snooping Snow

    Winter is not letting go just yet with more snow falling over the weekend. Nicknamed ‘Mini Beast from the East’ I’d say a tame little pussy cat rocked up to... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Back To The Magical World Of Allotments

    Back Magical World Allotments

    After giving up my allotment a couple of years ago I began to regret my decision. I miss the allotment site and the charm and character of the sheds dotted... Read more

    Posted on 15 March 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Storm Emma Meets Beast from the East

    Storm Emma Meets Beast from East

    For many days the UK has been gripped by the ‘Beast from the East’, snow and freezing temperatures tucking signs of spring firmly under a white blanket. Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • What’s Growing On In February?

    What’s Growing February?

    Biting winds, rain, hail and snow showers, we’ve never been so thankful for the occasional glimpse of sunshine to provide some respite. Ooh naughty February! Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Windowsill Propagator Heat Mat

    Windowsill Propagator Heat

    Our chilli pepper seeds have germinated much sooner than usual thanks to a windowsill propagator heat mat. We mentioned in a recent post we were using one in a... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Winner Winner Chicken Coop

    Winner Chicken Coop

    Just after new year I received some very exciting news from Bed-Down Premium Poultry Bedding – I had won first prize in their Facebook competition!! Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • And Sow It Begins


    I came home from hospital last weekend, my body is tired and sore but getting a little stronger every day. I ended up needing more surgery than expected which... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • What’s Growing on in January

    What’s Growing January

    I love writing these monthly catch ups on our kitchen garden, documenting the activities and plans. It’s a good excuse to get the camera out and really study th... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beany Babies

    January is such a bleak and dreary month, it also happens to be the month of our birthdays. Oh I do envy the summer-born, the endless possibilities for outdoor... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME