Planting fruits trees at PumpjackPiddlewick

The wee hours of this morning were spent trawling fruit tree sites, when I was meant to be writing. But such is the way sometimes that distraction comes along turning us from our intended plans. And yet, in being distracted, future plans have been made. How does your garden grow?Continue Reading

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 pruned gardenContinue Reading

Understanding pollarding with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

As we wax into winter my mind turns to pollarding. When I walk to the shops and take in the leaves on the ground my eyes inevitably rise up to the tree tops. And I wonder, will they be pollarded this year? Pollarding is… Pollarding is essentially pruning. Hard pruning.Continue Reading

Do you consider mustard a weed - PumpjackPiddlewick

I have given up on weeds. Okay, maybe not entirely, but I have decided to live and let live. And eat. In reading and watching lots of ‘how to’ in gardening, weeds are a verbose topic throughout the medium. Generally with a view as to how to eradicate. Well, maybeContinue Reading

making a climbing bean tipi basket at PumpjackPiddlewick

Uh oh, serious Oops. I planted climbing beans amongst my dwarf beans in the veg garden by accident. I have been watching their little tendrils snake upwards in search of something to climb, pondering what to do. A little research and I decided on building a climbing bean teepee. AsContinue Reading