Monthly Archives: February 2010

Spring Cleaning my Mini-greenhouse and the Price of Veg!

Once you have three children, two dogs and numerous chickens, any hopes of having a clean and tidy house are long forgotten. I used to have an immaculate house – pre-children, but I’d rather have the kids and a messy family home. But that apparently is no excuse for not spring cleaning my mini greenhouse […]

Sowing Seeds and Propagating

I had no idea when I embarked on this project that it would bring Sue and I closer together as friends, but it has.  It has been so lovely to go shopping together, looking at the Access frames, raised beds, seeds in garden centres and even laughing over how much top soil to order. So […]

Progress Report – I have Muscle Rippling Seedlings!

Impatient for spring to come now, I decided to sow some seeds anyway. About 2 weeks ago I sowed some ‘Calendula’ seeds into trays and put them on the shelf in my mini greenhouse that sits on my raised bed.  They are tough cookies, Calendula so I thought they would come through if they wanted […]

Shake off the winter blues – Lamb Tagine recipe.

Have you had enough of winter? This has been a long winter with so much cold weather.  Even the kids of fed up with the snow and just want some warmer weather to get outside on their bikes.  All I want to do is get outside and start planting! Spring really is within touching distance […]

Copper tools, sowing seeds and weeding.

On a sunny morning we decided to head for Nuneaton to buy our new copper garden tools from Implementations. We arrived at Nigel and Jane’s house to a warm welcome and were invited into their work room full of tools in the process of being finished. We enjoyed a coffee together and I chose 2 […]

Keep smiling – think spicy comfort food and sunflowers.

We are not out of the woods yet, the snow is trying to fall again.  Have you heard of the saying ‘big snow, little snow.  Little snow, big snow.’ I was told that if the flakes are big, it won’t last.  But if the flakes are small it will settle and last.  What do you […]

Copper garden tools – science versus hippy.

It’s been my day off today and I met my friend Sue (you will know her as the most glamorous potato picker). We visited Access Garden Products on the way to having lunch to definitely decide which raised bed and frame she wanted.  She has chosen a 3 tier 6 ft X 4 ft raised […]

The promised recipe – memories of getting Alan for my birthday.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie. Brownie 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 200g unsalted butter 250g icing sugar 3 eggs 110g plain flour Cheesecake 400g cream cheese 150g icing sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs Cream Topping 300ml whipping cream 100g icing sugar 150g raspberries Plus extra to decorate A 33 x 23 x 5cam baking tray […]