Stephanie Hafferty

Winter Update: How can it be February already?

Salad harvest at Homeacres, late December

January has flown by, a busy month, including working on the final edit of our book and going on holiday. The No Dig Home and Garden – all 20 chapters and photographs –  has now gone back to the publishers and off to the designer, exciting times! Read More

Interview in Green Gardens

Gathering flowers and herbs

I was interviewed last month by Green Gardens about no dig gardening and other aspects of my work. Read More

No Dig Organic Home and Garden


I am so excited to see the press release and cover for the book I have written with Charles, No Dig Organic Home and Garden. Pre-order signed copies here. Read More

Autumn update


Suddenly it is autumn! It has been a while since I wrote a post mostly because like all gardeners I’ve been busy in the garden, enjoying the summer’s abundance!  Also for the very exciting reason that I’ve been working on the book I am writing with Charles – the first draft is now almost ready to send off to the publisher – Permanent. The publishers have the title, ISBN, cover and press release sorted – more on this soon. Read More

Open Garden – Sunday 4th September



Open Garden at Homeacres on Sunday, Charles’ amazing no dig market garden. A great opportunity to find out more about no dig gardening, growing vegetables and to try some of my cakes! Read More

Summer harvests from the kitchen garden


Summer abundance fills my garden and kitchen, the delicious harvest of mulching, sowing, pricking out, planting, weeding, watering and caring for so many vegetables, herbs and fruit. I am not quite at the point of ‘we can’t keep up with it’, thanks to three young adult children with super-human powers of consuming cucumbers and tomatoes, but preserving will start soon. I have written an article about summer gardening and cooking for Permaculture Magazine, out in a few days – with recipes for meals to make now, preserving summer flavours and tips for the summer garden. Read More

The kitchen garden in June

Red Admiral butterfly feeding on the Red Valerian in my front garden

Summer crops planted 2-3 weeks ago in my polytunnel are growing quickly, enjoying the warm weather.  You can read about how we mulched and planted the polytunnel here in my blog, No Dig Home. The polytunnel planting is designed to crop on different levels, rather like a forest garden using mostly annual plants, to make full use of the growing space. Read More

Mid May Kitchen Garden


It is lovely to welcome the sun and warmer weather after an extended period of cold and frosts. The garden is full of blossom. As the petals fall, fruit is forming on the berry bushes and trees. Every day there is new growth, young plants emerging from the earth … the mild, damp weather has also encouraged germinating weed seeds and slugs! Read More

Rhubarb, apple and sultana muffins


I made these for our no dig course today using some of Charles’ rhubarb, apples from the local whole food shop and store cupboard ingredients. They were enjoyed so much I was asked to share the recipe.  Read More

No Dig Home

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I have started another blog to compliment this website, where I will be mostly writing about the No Dig gardening I do in my gardens and allotment and some aspects of my home life – preserving, seasonal food, potions, etc.  Read More

Spring growing, harvests, sowing and seed saving for next winter!

The first blossom on the greengage

Lemon verbena, chillies and stevia, over wintered indoors, are springing into life (and leaf!) and my fruit trees are blossoming. Read More

Late Winter – Signs of Spring


I spotted this ladybird enjoying some sunshine on a spinach leaf in my polytunnel on February 19th. The utilitarian structure has a range of habitats which provide shelter for many ladybirds and other beneficial creatures including a toad and spiders. Some are not so welcome of course, such as the odd slug and woodlice! Read More

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