The Patient Gardener

For the love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness – Gertrude Jekyll



Pinning Dinner – Olive, Caper & Tomato Dressing

I have a real weakness for Pinterest.  It keeps my over active mind engaged in the evenings especially at the moment when there is little on television apart from sport.  I rarely pin recipes as many of the Pinners I... Continue Reading →


Homemade Mincemeat

The worst thing about blogs and twitter is that I get lured in and at this time of year feel a need to do all the Christmassy domestic things.  However bitter experience has taught me that this is just ridiculous... Continue Reading →

More jam from the plot

It's funny how the smallest achievement can give you a huge sense of satisfaction and bring a smile to your face.  Making four jars of strawberry jams was one of those achievements. This is the second lot of jam this... Continue Reading →

Family Favourite: Chocolate Praline

Well it's not really praline as I believe that is something altogether different but it's what we call this recipe in my family.  It is very like a refrigerator cake although less ingredients.  It is my youngest son's absolute favourite... Continue Reading →

I’ve made jam….

... I know it's not that revolutionary but for me it is a huge achievement.  My track record on preserves in recent years has been disastrous.  There was the marmalade which burnt and had black bits in it and last... Continue Reading →

The hardest thing about growing your own is…

...eating it - well for me. I don't have a problem eating vegetables, or fruit, I love them.  My problem is that I am a creature of habit and routine and I am rubbish at doing things differently.  I am... Continue Reading →

Courgette glut? Make cake

I am beginning to think of myself as almost a real allomenteer (is that a word?) or veg grower as I have my first glut - courgettes. It's hardly surprising given that I have three courgette plants and it is... Continue Reading →

7 August 2009 12:34:56

At 12:34 on the 7th August 2009 I was just sitting down to my lunch of Chicken Noodle Soup.  I am celebrating having lost  1 stone in weight today.  It has taken me 10 weeks and the last 6lbs have... Continue Reading →

Harvest time

I harvested my first veg today from my diddy veg plot.  I am really chuffed as the plot is only 2 ft wide and about 8ft long.  Sadly the fennel has started to blot and in some case has bolted. ... Continue Reading →

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