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.
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.
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.
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.
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