I was lucky to be born surrounded by beautiful countryside (The Yorkshire Dales) and beautiful gardens. My Mother always had a lovely garden as did my Gran (she was always delighted that people would stop to photograph it). I took little interest as a child, but once I owned my first house with some outside space I got caught with the bug. I started by adding to the small cottage walled garden (in Kent) of my last house before moving to my current home, where I live with my two boys. When I bought the property, it had a 1/3 acre of head high brambles and weeds, this blank space has allowed me to grow vegetables for the first time by creating a decent sized ‘patch’ of raised beds, along with new flower borders. I learnt everything I know from books and the internet and have started this blog to keep a record of my amateur efforts.
There will also be a good mention of food in this blog, mainly things cooked with the garden produce, but also pickling, jams and my odd attempt at baking. Again, I was lucky to be born into a very food orientated family and so love to cook, bake and stuff anything I can into a jar. I like to pick mushrooms, make elderberry wine (not very well, no-one will drink it) and sloe gin is a must. I hope you find something of interest in reading this blog, happy reading!