Building a Kitchen Courtyard Herb Garden in a Small Space in Scotland (Part 1)

Where Did it Start? This area was pretty much open when we moved in in the February 2019. The trees that were a loose hedge were bare opening up onto a huge field. You can read about this area in this blog Making Every Bit Of Space Usable. Building A Long Planter Raised Bed WeContinue reading “Building a Kitchen Courtyard Herb Garden in a Small Space in Scotland (Part 1)”

-No Waste Wednesday-How We Grow Food in a Vertical Garden Using Milk Cartons On A Fence

What Did We Do? Not being happy with the amount of plastic that was going to landfill, we wanted to come up with a solution to help reduce that. When researching I came across plastic milk cartons being used on the window sills for herbs, just the bottoms used with drainage holes. I thought whyContinue reading “-No Waste Wednesday-How We Grow Food in a Vertical Garden Using Milk Cartons On A Fence”

-No Waste Wednesday- How We Use Insides Of Toilet Rolls In Our Garden

What Did We Do? First we start by collecting all the inside of the toilet rolls all year round. Usually gives us around 3 a week 150ish over the year. We collect them ready to use in April to plant seeds in that we want to grow a little taller before planting out, like BroadContinue reading “-No Waste Wednesday- How We Use Insides Of Toilet Rolls In Our Garden”

Making Every Bit Of Space Usable. Building A Long Planter Raised Bed

Where Did We Start From? This side is where the sun sets at night, it takes a while for the sun to reach this area in the day, but when it does, the sun reflects off the white shell wall (which is stunning up close) and gives the plants that extra much needed sun. ThereContinue reading “Making Every Bit Of Space Usable. Building A Long Planter Raised Bed”

How I Changed an Under Stairs Cupboard into a Calm Room with a Bed on a Budget

What Did it looked like? There was a door either side, one leading to the living room, one leading to the dinning room. You had to open one door, shuffle into the space to open the next door, if you left both doors open they opened onto the actual under stairs area so you couldContinue reading “How I Changed an Under Stairs Cupboard into a Calm Room with a Bed on a Budget”

Building a Mini Food Forest in a Small Area. Ours is On A Fence (Year 1)

What Did We Do? When we moved in, this area had conifers that covered half way across the garage, that were taller than the bungalow next door and were cut back so much on neighbours side they had browning leaves at the bottom. How Did We Do It? We decided to have them removed andContinue reading “Building a Mini Food Forest in a Small Area. Ours is On A Fence (Year 1)”

Building a Food Forest in Scotland. Starting with the Tree Layer (Year 1)

See Previous Post Starting to Build a Food Forest, Where Did We Start? When and Where Did We Plant? After building and planting in the fruit cage in July 2019 the design plan was to carry the fruit trees across the back. Not being able to cage the whole 30m area across we used theseContinue reading “Building a Food Forest in Scotland. Starting with the Tree Layer (Year 1)”

Starting to Build a Food Forest, Where Did We Start? (Year 1 & 2)

There are 7 Layers of a Food Forest Tall Tree or Canopy Layer Sub-Canopy or Large Shrub Layer Shrub Layer Herbaceous Layer Ground Cover Layer Underground Layer Climber, Vine or Vertical Layer Bonus Layers 8. Aqua/Wetland Layer (Bonus) 9. Mycelial or Fungal Layer (Bonus) What is a Food Forest? Food Forest sometimes called Forest gardeningContinue reading “Starting to Build a Food Forest, Where Did We Start? (Year 1 & 2)”

Oakmount House. Edwardian 1903 Home & Garden in East Ayrshire, Scotland

Not much is know about this house or the family that built it except the few pictures we were given by the previous owner, showing the original features like the beautiful windows, the windows in the roof & the chimneys all that have been removed & replaced. Many of the features inside are still thereContinue reading “Oakmount House. Edwardian 1903 Home & Garden in East Ayrshire, Scotland”

A Little About Us and Where The Food Forest Has Started From

Katrina & Peter and their children are a Vegan living family of 5 in East Ayrshire, Scotland. 3 children aged 11-14. Their eldest Clayton who is Autistic and Non verbal is Home Educated by Katrina and has developed a keen interest and eye for the garden and is most happiest when planting seeds, potting upContinue reading “A Little About Us and Where The Food Forest Has Started From”