How to make a vertical garden out of recycled plastic bottles | PumpjackPIddlewick

Every time I mention my recycled milk bottle, wall garden I get lots of interest. And it kind of makes sense. After all, the cost is minimal, the space is minimal – could be done almost anywhere you have a vertical space, inside, outside – and looks rather cool (at least I think so).Continue Reading

Unearthing cobblestones at PumpjackPiddlewick

We have discovered cobblestones in our courtyard. Actually, we knew there were cobblestones, we just hadn’t quite realised they were ‘COBBLESTONES!’. You see our courtyard has gravel in it. And gravel is very, very annoying at times. Fine if it is outside, say, in the garden. But when it isContinue Reading

learning how to water my garden at PumpjackPiddlewick

Becoming a good gardener has always been a dream. My grandparents had this amazing allotment on the outskirts of Amsterdam. My mother is forever creating beautiful spaces wherever she goes. And me, for most of my life, I have had a brown thumb. Why? Well, foremost, learning how to waterContinue Reading

Growing and making things from the mustard plant at PumpjackPiddlewick

It’s time to talk condiments. Because honestly, it’s not something that gets much thought. At least I for one take them for granted. So let’s talk… mustard. If you’ve read my post on Weeds, there was the discovery in my garden that various ‘weeds’ were in fact only sort ofContinue Reading

How to build garden raised beds out of pallets at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently we had a lot of rain. Rain, rain, rain. Plu, plu, plu. (Don’t you just love the French word for rain? It sounds just like a drop of rain hitting a surface.) It’s a good excuse to build some new raised beds. This time out of pallets. Getting inContinue Reading