About

I set up this blog in April 2012 as a document of how I’ve been transforming my garden since I bought my house in November 2009. Before that time I had no idea I would find gardening an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I had been thinking purely in terms of my daughter and I having some outdoor space of our own, rather than being restricted to days out to be outside.

Then something happened. I tried very hard to follow the advice of a colleague, who suggested I wait 12 months before doing anything in the garden, so that I knew exactly what was in it and what I wanted to keep or remove. Well, I did try. And I bought some compost and a potato growing kit, so that I could be doing something while I waited patiently for November 2010.

Thing was, I really didn’t like the bushes at the back of the garden. Or rather, the bushes that occupied the half of the garden that wasn’t lawn. The picture below was taken in the summer of 2010 and shows what I mean… unfortunately, I had already started digging before this was taken but it still shows the garden much as I bought it (minus the Wendy house, donated by my sister and used as a shed by me).

Back garden - summer 2010.

Back garden – summer 2010.

I had always known the bushes would have to go and once I started digging, plans for what to do next started to formulate. The new space became the vegetable patch, while I then got rid of the lawn. Now that has happened and I am in the process of converting the vegetable patch into an ornamental garden, whilst the veggies move down to the area which used to have the lawn, I have almost miraculously acquired an allotment, so my plans have taken a somewhat unexpected turn.

In fact, I am trying to decide if I grow any vegetables at all at home or if I transform the garden into something that might be exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show (in my dreams of course!). In any case, this blog has evolved from the one in April 2012, since it is no longer just about my garden but the allotment and wider issues related to sustainability and the environment. It’s an exciting world out there, which I am glad to share :-)

© Helen Butt, December 2013

P.S. The photos as well as the text belong to me. I would be flattered if anyone quoted any of the material I have written on this blog but please could you respect the fact that it is my work and reference it appropriately. Thank you!

P.P.S.

priceofliberty: Man replaces lawn with vegetable garden, holds… (priceofliberty.tumblr.com)

I fully endorse the actions of the man whose work is detailed in the tumblr post above. Grass is good for playing sport on but there is nothing like growing and sharing………….

21 Responses to About

  1. Thanks a Mill for following my blog, Silverbells. Now following you too :)

  2. We all learn something new every day in gardening. I got a recipe book connected to what grows in your garden to make lovely meals with our produce!
    I just hope our high winds tonight does not wreck everything we had no time to stake up !! But I have tunnels I can work in anyway :)
    If I can be of any help I will surely :) Nice to meet you silverbells!

    • I’ve seen cookbooks on the theme you mention. I hope the winds did not do any damage… wish I had room for a polytunnel but I need to get my name of the allotment list for more space.

  3. Hi there, I’ve been really enjoying your blog so please accept an award!
    http://greenhousestarter.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/versatile-blogger-award/

  4. Kea says:

    Hi Silverbells! I have always loved my garden, but found it stepped up a notch when i read ‘the permaculture home garden’ by Linda Woodrow… her blog is http://witcheskitchen.com.au/the-witches-kitchen-garden/ and the book explains how to pack a bunch of stuff in to one back yard garden. amazing and inspiring, i strongly recommend! found you via slow living essentials :) good luck with it all.

  5. I nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. It is up to you if you would like to accept it or not. No pressure. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog and what a fabulous job you are doing! Take Care.
    http://gardensunshine.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/85th-post-and-a-sunshine-award/

  6. yup, it’s me again! I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award. It is up to you if you would like to accept it or not. Take your time. Just wanted to let you know that you are beautiful! :)
    http://gardensunshine.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/beautiful-blogger-award/

  7. lizard100 says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile blogger award. Have a great day!

  8. I just clicked on the link (lawn to garden). Must have missed it on my first read. I love it!

  9. I’m in the market for a new place. The only thing that makes it’s easier to leave my current home is, knowing I’ll have a garden. Want to try my hand at herbs and vegetables

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