Welcome to The Garden Smallholder blog!
My name’s Karen and I’m the blog author. I’m a veg gardener, 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 fell totally in love with vegetable gardening and keeping chickens around 10 years ago while raising our young children, we had a lovely garden in Bristol and grew many crops in containers with great success. 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.
Living here in Bedfordshire I worked a full plot from scratch at our local allotments (April 2011 to October 2015), growing pollinator friendly flowers alongside vegetables and soft fruits. I enjoy community gardening, the allotment way of life and meeting like-minded people, but I felt it was time to let somebody else enjoy my plot while I 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:
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 those early years, bringing home injured pigeons to nurture and forever hunting around for bugs and butterflies which fascinated me, and still do!
I 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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