Category Archives: Anne’s Garden Blog

Diary of a novice gardener using Access Garden Products

Getting going

I was given a garden centre voucher, which was lovely and enabled me to treat myself to something that I wouldn’t normally buy.  A ‘Burgen and Ball’ seed measuring stick!  It cost almost £20 which is a treat indeed. Because I have decided to sow in rows of 4’ this year instead of square feet, […]

I’ve been a lazy gardener!

After a long winter and not venturing into the garden very much, I have found it hard this year to get myself motivated again.  Does that sound familiar? But once the sun came out and Mark mowed the lawn, I could smell spring in the air and I got up from my comfy chair and […]

1st February! I’m ready to go!

Hello there!  I’ve become a window gardener recently looking out and staying in the warm!  The instant cold snap caught me by surprise and I lost all of my chillies, a very sad day for me. Luckily, I did buy a pack of mixed chilli seeds from Wisley Show last September, and they are going […]

Excuse me, do you work here? Update

Do you remember me talking about accosting innocent customers in garden centres and asking them gardening questions? I approached a man back in May, who I thought was an employee but was, like me a customer. But he kindly put my mind at rest about my puny leeks. Well, he was right. I didn’t need […]

Strawberries galore

After the success I had with the strawberries I grew inside my small frame 4’ X 4’ on the raised bed this year, I decided to go big time strawberries for next year. I took delivery of a very beautiful 8’ x 4’ cold frame in ‘ivory’ from Access Garden Products which is sitting on […]

Slate backed moth!

I visited Malvern Autumn Show last Sunday and helped Jane on the Implementations copper tool stand. It was lovely to meet lots of fellow copper tool users who have had amazing results using copper tools and as I listened to Jane explain why she thinks they work so well, I learned so much. She talked […]

A hopping chicken!

We have 6 chickens – all girls! One of them is the brains of the operation and we called her ‘Ginger’. The others seem to have very little brains and are all called ‘Dave’. Katie witnessed one of the Daves jumping from the roof of the hen house, which isn’t very far from the ground. […]

Fresh tomato pasta sauce

For this recipe I used home grown tomatoes, basil mint leaves, onions and garlic!  How fab is that?! 2lb fresh tomatoes – skinned. 2 table spoons olive oil 3 medium size onions 2 or 3 cloves garlic 12 leaves of fresh basil A wedge of fresh parmesan Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons Crème fraiche Drop […]

Keep on sowing … keep on growing

We have had lots of rain overnight and I’ve decided to have a slow start to the day as it’s grey outside. So with a hot mug of coffee in hand and not a child in the house washed!  I sat down with my ‘Marhsalls’ catalogue and read the heading ‘keep on sowing, keep on […]

Southport Flower Show

This week sees the start of ‘Southport Flower Show’. From the 19th – 22nd August. This brings back many many happy memories for me. Having lived out my teenage years in Southport with a fantastic bunch of friends. I remember visiting the Flower Show which is well worth doing and losing my Grandad! Of course, […]