Thank you Mr B

All good things come to an end (don’t they?). The No 1 star in the kitchen has gone home. Bill has returned to the UK. The question is, will I be up to the challenge of preserving, jam and jelly making and freezing copious amounts of fruit which is still in the orchard … hmm …

Hello it’s me

Oh dear me, I’m getting worse. Seems that my blog will become a monthly issue (just kidding). Frog Pond Farm has been so busy lately and what’s worse is, I just can’t seem to get any ordinance happening in those beds. There are … Leeks the size of legs –  I think chewing on a slab of wood …

Remember me?

I can’t believe it .. I should go and stand in the naughty corner. Did you know that It is nearly 3 weeks since I last posted? How bad is that? Anyone would think that I have been busy .. 😀 Truth is I have been busy in the garden – spring has finally kicked …

Spring is knocking …

I seem to be learning loads of lessons in my garden lately. Late planting of brassicas means we aren’t enjoying them yet. Truth is, those rotten slugs have had more of a meal from them than we have. What’s even more interesting, is that a raised bed chocka with brassicas doesn’t have anything that remotely resembles a broccoli …

Winter share time

It’s time to hook up with the team from Garden Share Collective … a great initiative where a group of international bloggers share their gardens with you. Thanks Lizzy! Now that winter solstice has passed us by, the days are ever so slowly getting longer. The weather is still cold and damp, but the good …

Who loves the beach?

There is nothing like a walk on the beach with the dog to start the day. Better still when the autumn weather is still balmy. The thought of the coffee at the end of the walk is unbelievable (I adore coffee). Of course there is the added bonus of the seaweed which is littered on the …

Busy …

Busy times at Frog Pond Farm. Jeff (a good bloke) mulched all our olive cuttings, pine branches and a host of carbon bits that had been cluttering up the place. Now I have 3 rather good sized piles of mulch which I shall use on the veg garden and surrounds. Not the pine mind you … …

Not the olive trees ….

I was sitting in the dining room last night tapping away on the laptop writing this post. A particularly pleasant aroma was wafting around the room – rosemary, garlic and roast lamb (sorry all you vegetarians). Hubby was cooking our dinner … Truthfully not everything is always rosy at Frog Pond Farm.  Andrew arrived indoors the other night and said ‘something …

Bring on the blossom

Wet, cloudy, windy … perfect spring weather! I knew I should have escaped the office on Friday and got out into the garden when the sun was shining. Damn! But that’s just the way it goes. I have loads to do in my garden and orchard too, so some nice weather would have been a …

Garden plan done and dusted

Wow, it’s August already and only one more month until spring! Yay. Plus it’s The Garden Share Collective month, where a group of global gardening bloggers share their vege patches with all those interested. The trials and tribulations of growing your own. Thanks to the lovely Lizzie from ‘Strayed from the table’ for this great initiative. So what’s …