About The Garden Smallholder

 the garden smallholder

Welcome to The Garden Smallholder blog.

My name’s Karen and I’m the blog author. I’m a mother, gardener, allotmenteer, blogger and published photographer. I live in North Bedfordshire with Rich and our teenage children. Most days are spent in wellies, pottering around our rural village garden tending to the vegetable garden and chickens.

bluebell hen

I also rent a full plot at our local allotments (April 2011) and I have just signed up to take on another plot (April 2014). I enjoy community gardening, the allotment way of life and meeting like-minded people.

allotment rhubarb

Born and raised in London I had no access to a garden of my own. As a child I enjoyed planting seeds and flowers with my mum on our tiny council flat balcony and helped my grandad tend his small rose patch at the front of his ground floor flat. It wasn’t really his to tend, but he kept it looking beautiful just the same. My interest in wildlife and gardening sparked during these early years, I was forever bringing home injured pigeons or hunting around for ladybirds, caterpillars and butterflies.

ladybird

Ten years of my adult life was spent in Bristol raising our young family, we had a lovely house with a decent-sized garden and I fell totally in love with gardening and keeping chickens during that time. In 2008 we exchanged city life for ‘The Good Life’ and moved to a small rural village in Bedfordshire. Here we love collecting fresh eggs and picking seasonal food from our garden smallholding and allotment.

No air miles or nasty chemicals. Just us and the soil.

digging

If you would like to contact me, please use the email below.

thegardensmallholder@yahoo.co.uk

Leave a comment

30 Comments

  1. capitalgardener

     /  July 9, 2012

    Your blog is inspiring – beautiful photographs and really informative, well written content. Thankyou!

  2. Karen

     /  July 9, 2012

    Thank you!

  3. Love your blog. I will be living vicariously through your industry :) Maybe one day I will get it together but for the moment I’m resting. Like you I used to live in London and had a gardening/garden design career for 17 years – hence a sore back and being worn out, it’s hard work isn’t it? So now I just potter and look and have embarked on this cow adventure…

  4. I love your blog.
    I have a small garden in Brtittany ( France ) but I lived in Northampton 3 years ago!

  5. Hi Karen – I just found your blog and feel both inspired and reassured. I’ve recently left the city for the countryside and now have my own patch to tame, so I’ll look forward to following all your expertise. Gorgeous photos!

  6. I’ve just found your blog today and it’s really inspiring! I am going to love catching up on all I’ve missed and following in 2013 :)

  7. Thank you very much for your lovely comment Anna!

  8. Thank you for your comments thinkingcowgirl, Notre petit jardin Breton and ascott9618. Apologies for not replying sooner!

  9. Just found your blog, lovely philosophy and I look forward to reading more as I try to acheive similar aims here in the Outer Hebrides. Thanks, Tracey

  10. feebie1956

     /  February 4, 2013

    Just discovered your blog and love it. We retired early to a rural spot in Cornwall last year and are just in the process of getting the veg plot going and planning on getting some rescue battery chickens soon. So I will be following your blog with great interest as I’m a newbie to all this, despite being brought up in rural Romney Marsh with chickens, horses and a veggie gardening nan. It’s taken more then 40 years to get back to it – but I’m very keen now!

  11. Hello Karen! I just found your blog and Absolutely LOVE IT! I had no idea about Rescue Hens! Sweet Emily :) I learned something new – thanks! Looking forward to spending a little more time reading your blog this rainy weekend. Lost to learn about your neck of the woods.
    ~Maria

  12. Hi Maria, many thanks for stopping by and for your great feedback!

  13. Hey Karen! Wow, your blog is so inspiring! I simply adore your lifestyle. At the moment I am living in a busy, fast pace urban area. I too would love to move in a rural area where I can find peace and serenity in the garden!

  14. Hi Vegansavy, many thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment! I hope you find your peace and serenity soon.

  15. A very beautiful blog and an inspiring way to live. I hope one day to grow fruit and veg as delicious as yours.

  16. Thank you for your kind comment

  17. You have a great blog,it is nice to find a fellow Brit gardener. Your garden and allotment look great. I would love to have a bigger garden to be self sufficient…maybe one day.

  18. Many thanks Greenhousestarter! Where in the UK are you?

  19. Evening! I’m in St Helens, between Manchester and Liverpool. It’s not grim up North at the moment!

  20. Hi Karen, love the blog! No only do I share your first name but also your aspirations and sentiments : )

  21. HI Karen, I wanted to say that your photographs are beautiful. I often think what my life would be like if I could move away from the city and plant my own vegetables. I love that you live this life and I can live vicariously through you. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  22. Beautiful blog. Nicely done.

  23. Hi Karen,

    I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, just to say I think your blog is great :)

    Jen

  24. Hi Jen,

    Many thanks for the award, and for your lovely comment regarding my blog.

    Karen

  25. Just found you. Super blog. Congratulations!

  26. Many thanks Norman!

  27. Beautiful blog! Really enjoy reading it!

  28. Sarah

     /  February 17, 2014

    Wonderful blog, I look forward to reading about how you get on

  29. Beautiful pictures. I look forward to reading your blog as I am at the starting point of a similar journey.

  30. What a beautiful blog…and I love your way of life, it’s just perfect!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,070 other followers

%d bloggers like this: