A vampire free zone – and the July Magazine

Our garden shed is now a vampire-free zone!!  Last summer I had a bit of a watershed moment when I learned that most of the garlic we purchase from the supermarket comes from China.  “China? Why?” I asked myself and so I was determined to increase our domestic harvest of this pungent bulb.  I placed an order with the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm and in September received their autumn planting pack of around half a dozen bulbs, each of which had to be broken up and the individual cloves planted.  “This will never work,” I thought – but I should have had more faith.  It did indeed work and now we have more garlic than we know what to do with, which is why our garden shed is a vampire free zone – festooned as it is with 40 or 50 bulbs of garlic hanging up to dry!

I had two helpers at harvest time….

Rufus and Ted happily reclining on what will be the patio areas for our shepherd’s huts supervising me while I worked.  Daisy decided to remain indoors on her comfy bed – I am sorry to say that she hasn’t been very well at all these last few weeks and we are rather worried about her.  She has been to see the vet on a number of occasions and we are keeping our paws crossed that she will soon be back to her usual self….

Firmly in charge of the two lively youngsters!  Here she is leading our walk around the field next to our house – you can see our shepherd’s huts in the background.  Meanwhile, as well as working in my kitchen garden (more on that another time) I’ve been busy working on the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine which will be published next week.

This month’s edition has a very coastal feel – after all July is traditionally the month for holidays.  For a peep between the covers, please just click on the image below

If you’re a subscriber then the July Magazine will be arriving in your inbox on Thursday 30 June.  If you’re not a subscriber and would like to learn more then please just CLICK HERE to visit our magazine page.


Linda B. from Maine

I found your experience with growing garlic very interesting and will have to look into growing it in my area.
So sorry to hear that Daisy isn’t feeling well…I hope that she will soon be back to her lovely happy self.
XX Linda


Aw, thanks so much Linda, she’s seemed a little brighter the past couple of days and so we’re feeling a bit more hopeful for her xx


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