We have been busy in the garden this month, sowing seeds and preparing the raised beds for the months ahead.  Not to mention a large splurge (uhoh) at the local garden centre for some start of season essentials.

On March 8th we sowed:

  • Sweet peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • Chillies
  • Aubergines (this is a new one for us!)

So far so good. The sweet peas are coming through nicely, as are the leeks and tomatoes. We have been having a really warm spell at the moment in the UK so we are taking every advantage of this and leaving the seedlings out in the cold frame in the daytime and night time- always a scary thought. Are we sure there is no more chance of frost?!


In addition to the seeds we have some potatoes chitting nicely on a windowsill. We decided to grow purple potatoes again like we did last year. They were such a hit with family and friends at barbecues that we couldn’t resist growing them again! As well as the purple potatoes we are also growing Red King Edwards.


Today I moved some strawberries from pots into the ground near the raised beds. I’m hoping this will create a little strawberry patch that will be easier to protect from birds.


We would love to know what seeds you have been sowing lately?





Our first blog post!

We have been meaning to blog our gardening experiences for some time now and with the start of a new year, it seemed as good a time as any.

We (Adam and Sophie) have been gardening for about 2 years now in my parents back garden. Self-confessed amateurs we have taught ourselves, mostly by trial and error, the ways of the garden! It is safe to say we have caught the bug for ‘growing your own’ and for us that always means from seed. Cooking and eating the fruits (or veg) of your labour months after first sowing the seed is the reason for our continued passion for gardening.

This year we plan to:

  • Try out some more unusual varieties of veg (purple potatoes last year were a hit)
  • Grow PEA SHOOTS! (Why have we not grown them before?! So quick and easy and delicious)
  • Construct another living wall
  • Establish gooseberry plants
  • And much much more!

For now though, as we wait for sowing time to come around we will be stuffing as much compost as we can into the nutrient drained raised beds and enjoying long country walks!

We would love to know when you start to gear up your garden for spring?