Shelf Update…

In a previous post about “How To… Make A Shelf”, I said I would show you how it looked after the paint had hardened and dried so that I could get my books on it.

Well here it is…


It has my favourite author “Jim Butcher” and the “Dresden Files” on it. 🙂

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I Made Soup…

Yesterday was really hot here in the south of the UK, so in the afternoon I came in from the garden and made some home-made tomato soup for the winter. We have had lots of tomatoes this year from our vegetable patch so it seemed to be the appropriate time to get cooking and get out of the mini heat-wave we’re having.

Here you can see I have 2 big bowls of lovely ripe tomatoes some that were in the fridge keeping cool and some that had ripened off in the greenhouse.


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How to – Make a plant support stand…

Thought I would try another How to… 🙂

I started to make these because we have Gladiolus in our garden, they get quite tall and they have a large yellow bulbous flower and can tip over sometimes, so they needed a little help standing up. 🙂

What you will need:

  • Garden bamboo canes
  • Scissors and Wax garden string (although normal string will do)
  • Drill and bit (bit is 3mm)
  • Junior hacksaw or hacksaw
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How to… Recycle a bird food Tub.

I generally try to do as much recycling as I can – especially in the garden. 🙂

I buy a lot of food for our wonderful birds in the garden, so often I have these plastic tubs/containers left over (you can use any other plastic tubs). These are great to recycle as plant pots, especially for larger flowers or vegetables.

For this How to… you will need a drill (I have several cordless drills), drill-bits – 25 mm/1 inch and a smaller drill-bit 12mm/1/2 an inch and or course your empty tub.


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How to make homemade bird-cakes…

I love my birds in the garden and as a keen conservationist I try to keep them fed in the winter months – especially as food can be quite scarce.

I make my own bird-cakes as they are quite cheap and easy, so I thought I would give another how to ago! 🙂

To start of with you will need:

  • 2 boxes of 200gram shredded suet or vegetarian suet (these are the sizes in the UK)
  • Some bird seed/bird friendly peanuts (about 2 large handfuls)
  • 1 saucepan, wooden spoon or whisk
  • 1 takeaway container
  • Mortar & pestle or food blender (to crush up the birdseed)

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How to…..String Onions!

Thought I would try a bit of a How to – never done one before so here goes! 🙂

First off you need to have your onions completely dry so that the stems and leaves are all dry & brown – it is best to dig them out of the ground and leave them on the top of the soil where they have been planted for a few days and then transfer to the greenhouse.


(Onions drying out in the green house.)

Next you need some garden twine or string and make into a loop (150cm or more) and tie a knot to make the loop secure.



After this select your first onion making sure to check its ok and isn’t soft or rotten. Position at the bottom of the string (loop) and put the stem and leaves through vertically between the string, loop the leaves underneath & round the string, then take leaves round both bits of string horizontally, then put the leaves in between the string on the third loop and pull down gently. Continue reading