After a childhood spent in the countryside, outdoor spaces are a natural and familiar place for me to be. I have grown up in a family that loves good food and sharing it with others, so it makes perfect sense to grow my own food that I can enjoy with family and friends. My ultimate goal is fruit and vegetable self-sufficiency, with something to eat at all times of the year from our kitchen garden and allotment.

Hoverfly on radish flower

Freshly picked
Updates, tips and ideas for growing your own kitchen garden.

Gardening with a bump
Gardening while pregnant presents its challenges! Here’s my experience and top tips to help make it manageable.
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July 2020
If June was characterized by vigorous growth and the first harvests of summer, July is the summer in full flow.
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Lettuce growing in a raised bed

June 2020
We started this month riding on the high of an unusually warm spring, and with all of the vigorous growth that brings.
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November 2019
As we head into winter and the garden prepares for a long sleep until next year, there isn’t much more I can do outside.
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Winter recipes
While spring might be on the way, it’s not here just yet! Tuck into these comforting recipes to warm up a chilly day and make the most of this season’s fresh and preserved produce.

A dish of cottage pie topped with massed potato with decorative lines in it, and a recipe written on a notepad.

Cottage pie
An absolute classic, shepherd’s pie is one of the ultimate nostalgic comfort food dinners.
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A Bowl of mushroom soup next to a dish of croutons and a spoon on a wooden board

Mushroom soup
Thick, creamy, and with just a little bit of bite, this soup is the perfect welcome home on a chilly day.
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A cheese-topped lasagne in a square ovenware dish with a tea towel next to it

Rich hearty ragù, creamy béchamel sauce and soft pasta, all topped off with gooey melted cheese.
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Orange drizzle cake square image from above with oranges and orange juice in bowl

Orange drizzle cake
Use seasonal oranges in this light, fluffy cake that’s full of zesty flavour thanks to a juicy drizzle.
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