Gardening

How does your garden grow? As garden virgins, ours is a delight to discover. We like to have a go at anything, re-use as much as we can in building the garden, and are always learning something new. What’s not to like? And you get to eat the results!

The eventual Secret Garden at PumpjackPiddlewick

As the eventual secret garden lies dormant it is time to get to work. Already the days are lengthening. Bed time for the ducks is now 5:30 pm, compared to 4pm in just before Christmas. And days are getting warmer. Sort of. Depending on the sun, or not. Yesterday wasRead More →

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 →