Why is Vintage special? I give 7 reasons why to go vintage at PumpjackPiddlewick

I am very into old stuff. I simply love vintage and antiques. Always have done. But why, what’s so special about them, you may ask? I have heard, or overheard, sometimes that some people don’t like the idea of buying what others have owned, worn or used. Now if thatContinue Reading

When you start digging up a medieval garden you find all sorts of stuff. Let's discover at PumpjackPiddlewick

I bought a little house with a little walled garden. A medieval garden in fact. It is steeped in history, but having been left fallow for over a decade, it is currently very much in need of some loving care to bring it back to life. My back wall isContinue Reading

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