Garden findings

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…

Attempting Hügelkultur at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. And attempt Hügelkultur. Since before Christmas, nay some time last summer, raised beds had been planned for our veg garden. Part save the knees and back, part stop the animals playing amongst the veg (more the latter, really, but we don’tRead More →

How to build a patio or maybe not at PumpjackPiddlewick

Goodness, where has this month gone? I had promised myself by its end that we would build a patio, as well as, and in consequence, have removed/moved all our broken tiles. They are to be broken up and reused in their new homes of the patio base and our vegetableRead More →

Of ducks and transplanting violets with PumpjackPiddlewick

Today was a day of ducks and transplanting violets. The early hours of the morning found me sat with a cup of tea contemplating the garden. As always there were lots of projects. Breaking tiles for our patio gravel base, hedge trimming and consequently mulching, building my wee ‘café’ patioRead More →

Building a birdbath from branches at PumpjackPiddlewick

It was one of those remarkable early spring weekends. The sort of warm in sunshine cool otherwise days that beckon you outside with thoughts of building a birdbath. The idea came about because I have a huge Boch Freres ceramic basin that has been cluttering up my shop for aboutRead More →