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!

 

The Ecover Garden at RHS Hampton Court

On Monday I attended the preview evening and gala dinner at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show as a guest of Ecover, on Wednesday I was back again with Mr TS - I keep pinching myself to see if I have died and gone to heaven! There is no way I can fit everything into one...

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To Hampton Court Flower Show with Ecover!

If you've been visiting for a while you will know I have a bit of a 'thing' for gardening. I waffle on about my own a lot and I enjoy sharing our visits to others. Last year I worked with World Vision and followed their Chelsea Flower Show Garden from the initial...

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Green Plant Swap – A Brilliant Gardening Idea!

Today I'm showing off my garden again and telling you all about Green Plant Swap - I may be a bit over excited! I plant a ridiculous number of seeds, I can't help myself, planting season starts and I'm like a demon. Then, about six weeks later I find myself the proud...

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Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Half term passed in a whirl of social activity and revision. Surprisingly the weather wasn't bad so we didn't spend much time crafting indoors apart from on that one torrential day when Bonus Boy asked for modelling clay and we spent a happy hour making mini monsters....

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How to Plant A Pizza – Gardening with Kids

Bonus Boy and I were set a task  this week. We had to come up with a gardening project, go to Homebase and buy the stuff required, come home and make it - as you can imagine, we jumped for joy! We decided that we would plant a pizza. This is  a fun project for...

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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

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

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

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!

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

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

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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