Category Archives: Gardening

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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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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Grafting Mistletoe onto Apple Trees and Pruning Tree Peonies

One of my favourite christmas rituals is hanging sprigs of mistletoe!!!  We’ve recently acquired a small cider orchard, so this year I’m keen to grow my own!  I’ve used the mistletoe left over from christmas to graft onto my tree, … Continue reading

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Growing Heavy Cropping Peas, Broccoli, Russian Tarragon, Dill And Wild Rocket From Seed

I’m a “real grown your own” fanatic, but sometimes in life things don’t quite go according to plan!  In early May I planted broccoli and wild rocket in my veg patch and waited patiently for my seeds to burst into … Continue reading

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Planting Out Seedling Courgettes, Tumbling Tom Tomatoes and Harvesting First Swift potatoes

This Spring I had every good intention of growing my own courgettes from seed, but time ran away with me.  Luckily, this week I went to a fabulous early summer fayre and bought two healthy courgette plants. Last year I planted my … Continue reading

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