July in the veg garden (a deep dive)

July in the veg garden (a deep dive)

Hello July, you cheeky motherfucker, creeping up on me without warning. I’m sure last time I checked it was still April. Now it’s high summer and the year is running away from me. It’s downhill from here to Christmas. You know that don’t you? Before we know it, it’ll...
We built a (very twee) garden shed

We built a (very twee) garden shed

I say ‘we’. Our friend built it for us, as Rob has his hands full with the never-ending rustic greenhouse project, and I don’t do manual labour. Anyway, didn’t he do a great job?   It’s based on the metal shed in Monty Don’s veg garden, which has...
Be more Blanche

Be more Blanche

We went back to the fabulous plant shop in Sofia last week. I mean, we were supposed to be in Sofia looking at ovens. (Our electric oven hasn’t worked for years and every time spring rolls around, when we no longer want to put the woodburner on just to cook something,...
Dumpster-diving window beggars

Dumpster-diving window beggars

This is our life now. Every time we go out, we’re on high alert for abandoned wooden windows to finish off the rustic greenhouse. We eyeball people’s gardens as we drive by. We scour municipal bins. We tell anyone who’ll listen, ‘We’re looking for old windows. DO YOU...