Category Archives: Food from the garden

Marmalade goes broody

We thought we were doing amazingly well with eggs this summer – with both Marmalade, our big ginger Orpington hen, and Missie our light Sussex hen, working hard to lay us eggs every day, but it seems that the production … Continue reading

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Sweet Pea Salads – lettuce taste test

How are you doing? Hope you’re having a good summer. This week my other half Doug and I did something a bit different. We held a lettuce tasting session with my neighbour Nina and her daughter Ellie (as you do!). … Continue reading

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Can you help us find a new home?

Apologies – it’s been a busy couple of months so I haven’t updated the blog for a while. A lot’s been going on. I’ve been busy on my Frugal Life blog for MSN lately. As part of MSN’s special Moneysaving … Continue reading

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Beekeeping for beginners

Yesterday I did something really exciting – I met a real-life beekeeper and his bees. DJ has been toying with getting a hive or two for years. But his other hobbies, combined with the fact we back onto seven other … Continue reading

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Adventures in Homemade Jam-making

Our home-grown blackcurrants were ready and ripe over the weekend, so DJ decided to harvest the lot and put them all in a big bowl in the fridge. There were hundreds of them. In previous years we’ve barely noticed that … Continue reading

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Gardening triumph!

You might remember a few weeks ago that I told you DJ and the vegetable garden were in for a local gardening competition – er, well, actually that I had entered him into it. After months of hard graft and … Continue reading

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Saving money in the vegetable garden

Yesterday I had some very special visitors. BBC Radio Essex rolled up here with their outside broadcast van to broadcast live from our back garden on the Dave Monk Show, which was very exciting. A local pick-your-own-fruit outlet in Brentwood … Continue reading

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Summer home-grown veg recipes

What are your favourite ways to prepare your home-grown vegetables? We’re not quite at the glut stage yet, so we’re not onto pickling, freezing and jam-making , but we are beginning to reap what we’ve sown in the vegetable garden. … Continue reading

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Competitive vegetable growing

While I’ve been busy with my recent challenge, DJ has been even busier in our vegetable garden. You might remember me telling you I’d put him and the vegetable patch in for a local gardening competition. At the time I … Continue reading

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May in the vegetable garden

The growing season is in full swing and our vegetable garden is starting to take shape after all those miserable months of winter. We’ve been enjoying our home grown asparagus, which DJ planted four years ago, for weeks now and … Continue reading

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