FAMILY FYFE
Kitchen Garden|October 2021
Milly Fyfe lives on a farm in Northamptonshire with her two sons, Angus and Dougie, and husband Andrew. As well as tending to 100 suckler beef cows, 300 breeding ewes, 350ha of land for arable production plus chickens and pigs, the family also maintain a walled garden where they grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Milly Fyfe

You have two young sons and love growing your own produce and cooking it as a family. How important do you feel it is that they share these experiences?

My father involved me in growing food from a young age. I remember spending time in his greenhouse pricking out cabbages and the enjoyment of podding peas to eat for our lunch. My two boys are immersed in everything we do on the farm and in the garden, following in mine and my husband’s footsteps. I can see how being involved with caring for animals and plants has helped their confidence grow as well as their general development. The boys love being outside, getting their hands dirty, and they love scrumping all the things that are growing; beans, strawberries, sweetcorn, and raspberries are their particular favorites.

The children already have a good knowledge of the different things we grow as well as the pests we try to protect them from. They also understand the life cycles of certain animals, species of birds and how they can all exist in harmony.

Tell us about your lovely walled veg garden. Has it been in the family for a long time?

We moved up to the farmhouse six years ago. The farm has been in the family since the 1970s when my husband’s grandparents moved down from Scotland. The garden is quite a large project as it hasn’t really been touched for about 20 years so as you can imagine there is quite a lot of work to be done with regenerating borders, removing weeds and starting again. This year it is starting to come to life with a dedicated veg plot area, improved borders and a patio space. I’ve also established a herb garden and planted bulbs around the perimeter.

What plans do you have for your veg garden in the next few years?

Andrew also built me a potting shed from the foundations of an old greenhouse that was in disrepair. And we were fortunate to find a timber-framed greenhouse for free on a local Facebook group.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM KITCHEN GARDENView All

Turn Up The Heat For Melons

Nothing shouts summer like a home-grown melon, yet they can be a challenge to grow in the UK climate. All the more reason to have a go, says KG editor, Steve Ott

6 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

PEAS PLEASE ME

Growing peas is a must for Rob Smith. Here’s his introduction to growing them, with top tips and some varieties you might like to try

7 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

Boost your BUGS

Gardens that are alive with bugs – whether beetles or bees – are healthy, beautiful places to be. They’re also more productive. Benedict Vanheems shares some simple tips to give bugs a boost this autumn and beyond

8 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

Flavourful Fruit For Creative Cooks

Much of fruit growing centres around the premise of eating the fruit fresh from the tree, but this month KG’s fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to fantastic flavours for the kitchen

5 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

FAMILY FYFE

Milly Fyfe lives on a farm in Northamptonshire with her two sons, Angus and Dougie, and husband Andrew. As well as tending to 100 suckler beef cows, 300 breeding ewes, 350ha of land for arable production plus chickens and pigs, the family also maintain a walled garden where they grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

5 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

JUST ASK PIPPA!

After training as a botanist and gaining her MSc in Crop Protection, Pippa Greenwood spent 11 years in charge of the RHS Wisley plant pathology department. She is the author of countless best-selling books and is a long-standing voice on BBC 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Here she talks with Daniel Heighes

6 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

Go Go Go october

It might not be the height of the growing season but Stephanie Hafferty is still very busy with garlic, green manures, mulching and making a new compost heap using pallets

6 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

POWER OF THE Pumpkin

Pumpkins are soon ready to harvest and with October 26 being National Pumpkin Day, Annabelle Padwick decided to focus on this autumnal beauty

6 mins read
Kitchen Garden
October 2021

Spoilt For Choices With Cherries

Who would have known there are so many varieties of cherry, each a delicious nugget of tangy sweetness? Fruit expert David Patch knows... and here are his top picks

6 mins read
Kitchen Garden
September 2021

A Future Garden With Roots In The Past

Garden Organic, the national horticultural charity, has opened the doors on a new organic demonstration and learning garden. We take a tour with head gardener Emma O’Neill

5 mins read
Kitchen Garden
September 2021
RELATED STORIES

QUEEN, 95, DERAILS ANDREW SEX PROBE

Calls off law dogs investigating claim favorite son raped Epstein slave, 17

3 mins read
Globe
November 01, 2021

LAND OF THE PICTS

New excavations reveal the truth behind the legend of these fearsome northern warriors

10+ mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2021

CRUSADER KINKS PART I

Spreading the love throughout Paradox’s medieval soap opera, Crusader Kings III

9 mins read
PC Gamer US Edition
October 2021

SCOTTISH SOUNDINGS

A SPONTANEOUS CRUISE ALONG SCOTLAND’S WILD WEST COAST PROVED TO BE A VOYAGE OF SURPRISES FOR PHIL JOHNSON

10+ mins read
Yachting World
April 2021

A Wee Dram

There’s more to love about Scotland’s favorite libation once you discover the magic

6 mins read
Business Traveler
April/May 2021

Taking Scotland in Stride

A walk through the Highlands and Borders is the best way to touch this country’s history and nature

5 mins read
Business Traveler
December 2020/January 2021

Scotland Makes Periods Less Painful

The country is the first in the world to offer free, universal access to sanitary products

2 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
December 07, 2020

GEOLOGY 101 Columnar Basalt

A distinctive volcanic structure found throughout the world has been given fanciful names: “Organ Pipes” in Namibia and Victoria, Australia; “Kilt Rock” and “Samson’s Ribs” in Scotland; “Giant’s Causeway” in Northern Ireland; “Thunderstruck Rocks” in Romania; “Devils Tower” in Wyoming and “Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile” in Utah, USA; the “Baigong Pipes” in China; and the “Cliff of Stone Plates” in Vietnam. High-resolution satellite images have even shown similar as-yet-unnamed structures on Mars.

1 min read
Rock&Gem Magazine
December 2020

Bass of Tomorrow

We can think of a few string manufacturers who claim to make the best-sounding products in the world. Dr Jonathan Kemp doesn’t just make that claim—he can prove it, too. Hywel Davies is blinded with science...

2 mins read
Bass Player
July 2020

45 Underground Attractions Around The World

From wartime tunnels and salt mines to temples and shrines deep inside the earth’s crust to historic cisterns and ancient settlements beneath the modern-day metropolis, from nuclear shelter to a treasury carved inside the rocky mountain, the world under the ground presents a series of attractions to tourists who love to explore. In this Snapshot we have dug up the most interesting subterranean sights around the world for our readers.

10+ mins read
Touriosity Travelmag
February 2020