Restoration garden

Our new old restoration home comes with a large restoration garden. Completely overgrown, full of debris, crumbling walls and hidden treasures. It all needs to be dug out, sifted, fixed, and made into something resembling a much loved and useful garden. It’s a very long term project.

Attempting Hügelkultur at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

When the going gets tough, the tough go gardening. And attempt Hügelkultur. Since before Christmas, nay some time last summer, raised beds had been planned for our veg garden. Part save the knees and back, part stop the animals playing amongst the veg (more the latter, really, but we don’tRead More →

How to build a patio or maybe not at PumpjackPiddlewick

Goodness, where has this month gone? I had promised myself by its end that we would build a patio, as well as, and in consequence, have removed/moved all our broken tiles. They are to be broken up and reused in their new homes of the patio base and our vegetableRead More →

Building a birdbath from branches at PumpjackPiddlewick

It was one of those remarkable early spring weekends. The sort of warm in sunshine cool otherwise days that beckon you outside with thoughts of building a birdbath. The idea came about because I have a huge Boch Freres ceramic basin that has been cluttering up my shop for aboutRead More →

having fun mulching with cats at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love to mulch. But I particularly love mulching with cats. And ducks. I also love to prune, though not as much as mulching. Pruning takes more thought, more muscle and no cats. Or ducks. As sometimes branches are on theRead More →