About me and this blog –

I’ve been pottering about gleefully with gardening and veg growing for many years. As well as growing and nurturing a garden, I enjoy all the visitors too, namely the birds and bugs amongst other friends that may venture onto my patch. I love listening to the ‘humming and buzzing’ when hoverflies, bees and other insects are flying around, and gardening gives me a buzz, hence the title – The Buzzy Gardener.

In September 2011, we moved house. After many years of having a wonderful wildlife rich garden (the garden, birds and bugs won Britains’ Best Bird Garden of the month in May 2011) in a quaint rural village we settled into a Victorian terrace in the heart of town, to enable us to use the car less amongst many other reasons. The house we moved to presented one very big challenge. It provided all the rooms and space indoors we needed, but alas, the back garden, well, a small yard, was a big heap of tarmac except for a small run along the return which was overgrown, but thankfully had some rather wonderful soil underneath. As well as missing having a garden to potter in, I missed feeding the birds, but thankfully there is a park very nearby which has enabled me to keep those important little feathered friends happy.

Bit by bit (slowly with a little lumphammer and chisel) the tarmac went, and I used raised beds to reshape the courtyard into what will hopefully become a rich wildlife space, and have even managed to successfully grow a few vegetables too in the confined space it offers.

In February 2013, I was offered an allotment where I live here, in Newton Abbot, Devon.

And, that’s where this blog begins. An online notebook of the allotment, the courtyard garden, along with the delights of bugs and birds and other wildlife too along the way.

My background – My past is an unusual medly of working in practical conservation and environmental education, and working with charities and technology (Currently, I’m a part-time ‘free-range’ web designer by day). I have two sons (that for years have patiently put up with my love of nature and needing to potter with mud and plants!), a healthy diversity of pets (even one of the cats has her own blog! Though sadly not updated for a while!).
In the summer of 2013, I completed a course at Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon run by Duchy College, a Level 3 Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture to help improve my skills for now and the future.

– Laura Whitehead
Buzzy Gardener