The Tea Break Gardener

Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg

The self isolators’ guide to gardening with children – sowing seeds

2020-03-27T11:44:30+00:00March 25th, 2020|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg|

Whilst self-isolating to prevent the spread of Covid-19 many people are asking me for gardening activities for children.  If there's one silver-lining to the crisis, it's that the weather has been kind to gardeners in the UK and if you are lucky to have access to a garden or balcony, [...]

What the garden was doing whilst I was on holiday – Six on Saturday 08.09.18

2019-04-30T15:19:01+01:00September 7th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

Having a lovely cup of tea in my favourite mug whilst walking the garden is the best thing about returning from holiday.  For some reason though I am always slightly nervous about what I will find in the garden. It's only when you go away for a bit, even a [...]

Summer heat – Six on Saturday 21.07.18

2019-04-30T15:22:40+01:00July 21st, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

This week I've been weather watching as I gear up for my local Flower Show and have been monitoring the temperature fluctuations in my greenhouse.  I've been missing my usual range of home grown vegetables but delighting in how advanced the dahlias are. Greenhouse temperature monitoring I'm not one for [...]

Show Time! – a beginners guide to showing fruit, veg and flowers

2019-05-19T13:36:13+01:00June 27th, 2018|Book Reviews, Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg|

Who doesn’t love a traditional village show? As the holiday season approaches organisers air the beer tent, hammer signs into the village green and untangle the bunting. But what sort of person enters these competitions and what experiences await first timers?  If you're a gardener or allotment holder you may be shy to get involved in showing or question why you even would. Here I share my story as a first time entrant and some special tips for exhibiting from a local judge.