Gardening Mischiefs

Although new to gardening, we have always wanted to grow our own veg. Over the past few years in France we have tried a variety of styles of gardening beds, types of vegetables and even various timings. We keep learning from our mistakes, and our successes, and then sharing our garden tales with you.

Explore with us as we re-purpose water bottles into planters and recycle pallets into garden beds, try our hand at wattling and simply see what grows in our garden.

Oh, and let us not forget foraging…

How to biuld a duck enclosure at PumpjackPiddlewick

Big plans are a foot for the duck enclosure. But first we have to do lots and lots of digging. And then figure out what to do with the excess soil. Our duck enclosure has and always will be a work in progress. We learned a lot from the previousRead More →

Understanding pollarding with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

As we wax into winter my mind turns to pollarding. When I walk to the shops, or ‘go ‘walkies’ in the village with our dog Chewie, and take in the leaves on the ground my eyes inevitably rise up to the tree tops. And I wonder, will they be pollardedRead More →

What to do with a marrow at PumpjackPiddlewick

Every one has been on the receiving end of this, I am sure. You have a friend (and/or you do it yourself) who has a vegetable garden. At some point nearing autumn they say ‘I have a marrow. Would you like it?’ (read: can you do anything with it, becauseRead More →

Whatever is Wattling with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Wattling, my gardening friends, is an old fashioned way of making fencing out of branches. Not only does it look lovely but if your garden has trees, it will not require store bought fencing materials. In other words, it’s free. And you get to re-use and use up waste gardenRead More →