Sarah, Author at Franklyn + Vincent
Franklyn & Vincent is a few casual peeks from my kitchen garden beginnings and home maker dreams in a small terrace house in East London.
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Author: Sarah

15 May
Hail the mighty kale!

After a few years of being a one-type-of-kale-woman, I went all out this year and planted five different types of kale. I know. Kale is one of my most used veg in the garden and variety is the spice of life 'n all that. So I...

15 Apr
Early spring colour at Kew

I've been to Kew a few times now, but I'm feeling like I have just started to get to know it. It's so big and has so many different parts, every time I visit I discover something new. The first visit was all about the Palm...

27 Mar
DIY ~ Bird Bath and Stool

I love the birds. We have a family of sparrows, a few blue tits and the odd robin. I've tried varying the food to get in some different types, but I'm happy with the sparrows and the colourful tits. At the moment I have an...

24 Mar
The importance of taking your time

After years of renting in London and growing stuff on windowsills, I dreamt of having a kitchen garden one day, but after three years of living with a small 10m x 6m concrete back yard in East London, it's become much more than the joy...

03 Feb
Dreaming of spring…

I've poured through the seed catalogues, treated myself to new seed trays, so let the planting begin. Many of the seeds are now under soil, so it's pretty much wishful thinking and lots of fussing until I get seedlings strong enough to go into pots. Even...

26 Jan
The Little Bay Tree

In my folks old home we used to have a huge bay tree outside the kitchen window, so I've never actually bought a bay leaf. I know, spoilt eh! So when my mum moved out she gave me a lovely terracotta pot from the old garden and...

28 Dec
A date with the Barbican Conservatory

As we know, with a lot of first dates, it's about timing. Is he/she ready, in the mood or would you really rather just be sitting in front of the sofa than meeting someone new? Admittedly it's rather more seasonal, but visiting gardens for the first time...

14 Nov
How Emily and Ark helped me appreciate Winter…

I'm round my friend Emily's, she's cooked dinner and generally being lovely, I'm doing the washing up (I'm good like that) and I spot this book on the window sill over the sink. The Art of Mindful Gardening by Ark Redwood A potted history*...

04 Oct
Fruit + Veg Fails

Mostly I've had a cracking growing season this year, I've eaten the best tomatoes of my life, the carrots were amazing and the apple tree is going from strength to strength. A lot of gardening is wishful thinking, bringing a mixture of success and failures, but there...

29 Sep
My Favourite Way to Eat Homegrown Tomatoes

Tomato season is coming to end in our garden and it's been a whopper! Infact, I'm gonna go out on limb and say I've eaten the best tasting tomatoes of my life. I know! I make no secret of my tomato obsession and there's only one way to really...