Category Garden


Bumper harvest of Autumn vegetables and first steps in Permaculture

I have no idea where this year has gone!  One minute it was the New Year, next we are harvesting Autumn vegetables and the nights are drawing in. This year I spent more time planning what to grow across our two vegetables beds to get the most out of our plot.  I’ve found lots of interesting information on the Permaculture Association website which has informed some of my plans. I tried companion planting and also […]

autumn vegetable harvest

Geranium Garden Flowers

Taking Time To Enjoy Garden Flowers

As well as growing vegetables, we also have garden flowers in the borders.  I have chosen a variety of shrubs and hardy perennials to make life easier. I don’t know what has happened to June but it seems to have started as a month of chasing my tail and nothing going to plan! Keeping on top of the garden has gone out the window. With all the mild weather and rain, everything is growing like mad while […]


What I have been up to during February in the Garden

During February in the garden, I’ve been keeping myself busy tidying up and doing some early seed sowing in the greenhouse.  Hopefully, in a few weeks we’ll be able to pick some pea shoots like these for salads. General jobs done during February in the garden As soon as the weather warmed up towards the end of the month, I pruned the fruit trees.  It is better to do them before they start to shoot in […]

february in the garden growing pea shoots

Keeping Chickens in the Garden | The Nice Nest

Back garden chickens and avian influenza precautions

Since 6 December 2016 there have been special measures in place to reduce the risk of avian influenza (bird flu) spreading.  This follows the announcement of outbreaks of the H5N8 strain in Europe and some UK sites. It does not just apply to commercial poultry businesses.  Those of us keeping small backyard flocks are now required by law to house them (keep them under cover) or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This requirement […]