How much do chickens cost? – A start-up guide for novices

Chicken coop

Once I decided I wanted to get chickens it wasn’t just a case of buying the chickens but also working out what else I needed to buy, so I did my research and here’s a helpful list of all the things I’ve bought to make my chooks feel at home. This will obviously vary depending … Read more

I’ve got chickens!

Chickens

So two weeks ago something exciting happened. I finally got my chickens! I’ve been talking about getting chickens for probably the last two years, ever since I moved to Chartham, but finally it was the right time to get them. I decided to make the leap into chicken ownership once I’d returned from my Easter … Read more

The return of the Garden Geek?

Chartham River

With the terrible weather we’ve been having I haven’t been able to get outside much and as a consequence I’ve not been much of a garden geek so haven’t been blogging. Hopefully I’ll be turning a corner soon though as it’s finally stopped raining and I can finally get out there doing what I love. … Read more

A great gift from Santa

A great gift from Santa 1

I hope you all had a good Christmas. I know I did and can’t wait to get back outside, getting more active, and shedding the festive pounds and I thought I would share what I got as my main present from my lovely wife…. a chicken coop! We’ve now we’ve been in our new house … Read more

Courgette Seeds and Candle Making

Courgette Seeds and Candle Making 2

Part of being an aforementioned Garden Geek is experimenting, reusing, and repurposing, and I try and do this not only in the garden but in the house as well. This summer I grew some fairly large courgettes, too large to really be any good for eating, and today was the time to get rid of … Read more

Why Are My Tomatoes Bitter?

Cherry Tomatoes

As the cold weather sets in I’ve not really got a huge amount of veg growing in the garden. The courgette plants have been pulled up, the onions are just there, doing nothing and waiting for when I want them, and then we come to my cherry tomatoes. In the summer I planted Sun Gold … Read more

Do Conkers Repel Spiders?

Do Conkers Repel Spiders? 3

Today many teachers are on strike and that means that children have had the day off school but imagine my surprise on the way home when I spotted loads of conkers on the ground. What plausible explanation could there be as to why this goldmine hadn’t been touched? In my day conkers was a great … Read more

The start of the Garden Geek

The start of the Garden Geek 4

I’ve always loved the outdoors and when I was younger I’d always be making or doing something in the garden, whether my Mum wanted it or not but I just enjoyed tinkering and growing things. I see myself as a very practical person and that is reflected in the things I like doing. I actually … Read more

Growing Giant Courgettes

Growing Giant Courgettes 5

I enjoy growing my own veg and if you’re going to start your own growing then I think there’s nothing easier to grow than courgettes. Okay they’re a little boring but they’re so easy to grow and you can get dozens from a single plant so at least you’ve got something to show for your … Read more