One of the positive aspects of being stuck at home is that you find yourself doing things you normally wouldn't. For me that's meant a few things. I've been cooking a lot more than I would normally so I've been able to experiment with recipes I'd normally have avoided. So I've had a reasonable degree of success stuffing courgettes for example. Of course I've also had a … [Read more...] about Catching up on Stuff I’ve Been Avoiding
A couple of years ago, after moving into my house, I started growing herbs in my garden. They've worked out pretty well, though they didn't really appreciate the hot weather last summer. However the berries that I planted back then weren't exactly a "roaring success". It's taken two years for any of the bushes to bear any fruit and what fruit there has been so far wouldn't … [Read more...] about Berries!
While picking up the odd herb plant in a supermarket can help to add one or two varieties to my herb garden it's not really going to work if I want to really expand the range of herbs I have growing. Supermarkets will generally stock mint, basil and maybe one or two other varieties of herb. They're not going to have a full range of herbs for you to choose from. But a decent … [Read more...] about Doubling the Herb Garden
Last year I started planting a small herb garden. I've no plans to have an elaborate herb garden, but as someone who enjoys cooking I want to have a reasonable selection of commonly used herbs that I can pick (or cut) fresh. I started out last year with some of the more commonly used ones, including thyme, bay leaves and mint. Now, around a year later, I'm adding to that with … [Read more...] about Improving the Herb Garden
At this stage there are very few "pressing" things left to resolve with the house. Of course there'll always be improvements that can be made and I still have a load of boxes that I need to unpack, but they'll get unpacked eventually. I planted the fruit plants a few weeks back and they seem to be surviving so far, though whether they'll bear any fruit next year or not … [Read more...] about More Storage, Gardening and a bit of Smart Tech