Hello, we’re Karen and Rich. Thanks for the interest in our blog.
We began veg gardening in 2007, a flock of chickens quickly followed. Since then we have enjoyed the challenges of owning an allotment, starting vegetable gardens from scratch and growing food in our large garden in Bedfordshire. Karen is the main blog author and enjoys garden photography, foraging and cooking with fresh home produce.
Rich is a recognised marketing professional and the handy man around the garden smallholding.
We fell totally in love with vegetable gardening and keeping chickens many years ago while raising our young children. Our very first hens were ex battery chickens and our children helped with their care and needs, experiencing first hand the transformation from scruffy and scared birds to beautifully feathered, healthy and happy hens! 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. No air miles or nasty chemicals. Just us and the soil.
From April 2011 to October 2015 we worked a full plot from scratch at our local allotments growing pollinator friendly flowers alongside vegetables and soft fruits, we really enjoyed our time having an allotment but felt it was time to let somebody else enjoy the plot while we concentrated on the kitchen garden at home. We have a large garden with fruit trees too, this is the view from the veg garden looking back towards the house:
Part of the veg garden, photographed May 2016:
We hope you enjoy reading about our veg garden and life with our feathery friends, the blog has many years of information regarding growing your own and chicken keeping so please do use the search option if you’re looking for particular information.
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