Welcome to The Garden Smallholder blog.
My name’s Karen and I’m the blog author. I’m a veg gardener, allotmenteer, blogger and published photographer. I live in North Bedfordshire, UK 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 and tend a full plot at our local allotments (since April 2011), growing plenty of pollinator friendly flowers alongside vegetables and soft fruits. I’m a big fan of mason bees and help them to thrive and populate with my many bee boxes. 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, nature and gardening sparked during those early years, bringing home injured pigeons to nurture and forever hunting around for ladybirds, caterpillars and butterflies which fascinated me. And still do!
I lived in Bristol for 10 years raising our young family, we had a lovely house with a decent-sized garden and I fell totally in love with vegetable 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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