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.
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