Author Archives: Tales From The Farm

Using Ilex Crenata As A Box Hedging Substitute

 I’m an enormous box hedge fan, and my garden is testament to some wonderful mature examples of this; however, for those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you’ll be aware of the problems I encountered last year when … Continue reading

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Blow Your Own Eggs to Make An Easter Egg Tree

Here’s a lovely Easter project in readiness for the forthcoming celebrations this weekend, inspired by a visit to our friends Sam and James last Saturday. Whilst visiting we spied the most dazzling display of hand blown eggs.  Our daughter, Fleur, was … Continue reading

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Growing Geraniums From Seed

The majority of 2014 was spent renovating and extending Streamfield, so now the builders have finally left I’m beginning to turn my attention finally back to the garden and bringing it back to life!  I adore geraniums for multiple reasons but mostly … Continue reading

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Box Blight and Box Rust at Streamfield

For those who read my blog regularly you will be aware that our home sits in an established plot with many mature trees and shrubs, and a significant amount of box hedging.  We’re currently landscaping the front garden and despite the fact my Father-in-Law and … Continue reading

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How To Make a Dry Stone Wall

We’re currently in the process of landscaping our front garden before the builders arrive this Spring. Before our arrival at Streamfield, our front garden was overgrown and had historically been used as a fruit and vegetable patch, and the remaining land had … Continue reading

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Homemade Blackcurrant Jam

Until last summer I’d never made jam, but after moving to Streamfield and inheriting a vegetable patch and fruit cage bursting with a wide variety of fruits, I’ve had to learn pretty fast.  The weather over the last few weeks has been incredible and this year … Continue reading

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Propagating Box Hedging

Over the last few months we’ve been rather busy laying a new drive at our home.  This has involved some fairly extensive ground clearance and to my husband’s great delight the hiring of a mini digger!!  We’re finally at the stage where we … Continue reading

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