Home and Garden

We live in a 350 year old, higgledy piggledy, house right in the middle of a small Somerset market town. Here you will find posts about gardening with children as well as gardening in general. There are tips to keep little hands busy and beginner tips for you if you are starting out on the horticultural road as well as photo posts of my favourite seasonal plants/jobs/garden fun! The house appears every now and then – it’s been a long rescue project to turn it from a run down building with history (it was an ale house, a monkey lived here for a while and back in the 18th century it was a peruke makers) into a cosy family home for the six of us and it’s still ongoing!

 

Grow Your Own Tomatoes – Gardening with Kids in April

Grow Your Own Tomatoes – Gardening with Kids in April

Heinz have asked us if we would like to take part in their ‘Grow Your Own Tomatoes’ challenge this Spring – well of course we said yes! We grow our own every year so to make this challenge a little bit more exciting for my lot we have decided to grow our own ketchup....

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How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

I took part in another Google+ hangout with Red Ted Art and a whole raft of UK craft bloggers last night. I love these hangouts, seeing other people's crafty creations really inspires me. Last night we shared ideas for using up egg boxes and Maggy's chickens, Anthea's...

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Story Walks – Mr McGregor’s Garden

Story Walks – Mr McGregor’s Garden

RHS Rosemoor in Devon is a goldmine for Story Walkers and provides the backdrop for a second helping of 'Following in the Footsteps of our Favourite Book Characters' here on Thinly Spread. This time we weren't sure who we were going to meet as we rounded each corner....

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Gardening with Kids in February

Gardening with Kids in February

The sun finally came out at the weekend, just as half term was drawing to a close. We spent all of Sunday pottering in the garden and it was good! This week is a good time to finish fruit tree pruning, as usual we have left it to the very last minute but cherry and...

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Festive Foraging and Some Sneaky Christmas Preparations!

Festive Foraging and Some Sneaky Christmas Preparations!

I do realise that is the second post this week which mentions the C word and that I may well lose a particular friend as a subscriber as a result but, frankly, it's a risk I'm willing to take. These particular Christmas preparations can't wait and, along with cake...

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Edible Flowers, Poor Man’s Capers and Save the Bees

Edible Flowers, Poor Man’s Capers and Save the Bees

As September drifts on, all crisp mornings and rich harvests, I'm at my happiest. It's a time for walking along the tractor tracks in wheat fields, for collecting blackberries and beginning the mushroom hunt. Edible Flowers Back in the garden after what has, frankly,...

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Yeo Valley – Ticking All My Boxes

Yeo Valley – Ticking All My Boxes

I am now officially in love with Yeo Valley. Not just because of the creamy goodness of their delicious product, not just because of the ethos behind their company which means I have bought that product for years, but now because they are really nice people with a...

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Anyone for Celebrity Bingo?

Anyone for Celebrity Bingo?

Press Day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show brought the celebrities out in force. They were mesmerised by the World Vision Garden's beauty and serenity and captivated by the message behind it. One or two were cheeky and I had to strong-arm a couple over for a proper look...

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The World Vision Garden – What the Celebrities Thought!

The World Vision Garden – What the Celebrities Thought!

Press Day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show sees the place crawling with journalists along with a liberal smattering of celebrities. I grabbed one or two and asked them for their impressions of the World Vision Garden, I even managed to video one or two! Mesmerising was...

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