Hugelkultur raised beds are the best style of healthy gardening there is. Come discover with me at PumpjackPiddlewicl

When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. And this should definitely include Hügelkultur. But let me digress a little. Raised beds are always on my veg garden agenda. Part save the knees and back, part stop the animals ‘playing’ amongst the veg (more the latter really, but IContinue Reading

What to do with broccoli stems? Don't throw them away! There are so many options and recipes from PumpjackPiddlewick

Waste is something I strive to avoid. And right up there is Broccoli Stems. It is just one of those things that when you have cooked the rest of the broccoli, you look at and go… And?!?!?Continue Reading

Growing celery, what to do with the seeds and making celery salt here at PumpjackPiddlewick

So I am thinking about what to do with celery seeds. It will make sense why in a long minute. As you enter my duck enclosure on the immediate left, in the corner, after the honeysuckle, is the lettuce patch. Except the lettuce was eaten by the ducks. (Intentionally.) ItContinue Reading

What does recycling in France involve and how much do the French recycle? We take a look at French recycling at PumpjackPiddlewick

Some of you may not know this, but recycling in France began way back in the 16th century. Oui, they have had some time to hone the system. And I will say today, it is quite the system. With even more focus for the future. It began with metal recycling,Continue Reading

How to make a vertical garden out of recycled water bottles part 2 at PumpjackPiddlewick

Through research, trial and error, we have tried a series of different planting methods to see what has worked well in our garden. You name it, we have probably tried it. Raised bed? Yup. Even tried wattling to create the raised bed edges, as well as using pallets to raiseContinue Reading