Hugelkultur raised beds are the best style of healthy gardening there is. Come discover with me at PumpjackPiddlewicl

When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. And this should definitely include Hügelkultur. But let me digress a little. Raised beds are always on my veg garden agenda. Part save the knees and back, part stop the animals ‘playing’ amongst the veg (more the latter really, but IContinue Reading

Join me in my medieval garden restoration here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have discovered later in life that there is nothing more enjoyable than garden restoration. A garden that is old, yet so overgrown you can’t even get a foot into it. To my mind, this is a playground for energy, planning and mental meditation. Consequently, after moving into my miniContinue Reading

Growing celery, what to do with the seeds and making celery salt here at PumpjackPiddlewick

So I am thinking about what to do with celery seeds. It will make sense why in a long minute. As you enter my duck enclosure on the immediate left, in the corner, after the honeysuckle, is the lettuce patch. Except the lettuce was eaten by the ducks. (Intentionally.) ItContinue Reading

having fun mulching with cats at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love to mulch. But I particularly love mulching with cats. And ducks. I also love to prune, though not as much as mulching. Pruning takes more thought, more muscle and no cats. Or ducks. As sometimes branches are on theContinue Reading

How to make a vertical garden out of recycled water bottles part 2 at PumpjackPiddlewick

Through research, trial and error, we have tried a series of different planting methods to see what has worked well in our garden. You name it, we have probably tried it. Raised bed? Yup. Even tried wattling to create the raised bed edges, as well as using pallets to raiseContinue Reading