It’s been really hot the last few days, so we have taken advantage of the dry weather to harvest most of our onions. The largest weighed in at just over 1kg, we’ll save that for pickle making. We have an old caravan in our garden, where we used to make ointments in the old days. It’s the perfect place to dry garden crops, onions, garlic, walnuts, herbs & seeds. We keep the light out, & it is always warm & dry in there, (& smells interesting.)

On the left hand side are trays of Meadowsweet flowers & St John’s Wort, with Lavender flowers underneath.

Our spuds are looking great, we have an area about 8mX3m & this will keep us going until they start to sprout in about Oct.

We’ve dug the early ones, these are mainly Agria, which we love, they are versatile, crop well & taste delicious. We’ve got a few plants of Old Blue & the purple Maori potato, Urenika in, plus 3 mystery ones my Mum gave us that might be Red King Edwards.


We are picking Arnica & Mullein flowers most days now, & putting them into olive oil.

The Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) are stately plants, taller than us, with huge basal leaves. See Herbs section for more info.