About Me

My Tiny Plot is the diary of a vegetable patch in Portland, Oregon. It all started in England in 2005 with a few pots on the patio. I soon moved to an allotment (or community garden) and started growing on a bigger scale. Then when I was pregnant with my first boy I gave up the community patch in favour of my own back garden. In August 2012, we moved from the UK to Portland.

Now my plot is not so tiny and includes established trees and shrubs, a large kitchen garden, greenhouse and orchard.

Despite the changes in size over the years My Tiny Plot is dedicated to creating a beautiful garden, growing great vegetables, healthy fruit and the most beautiful cutting flowers. Eating fresh produce and generally living the good life is my family goal.

I have a few rules about growing vegetables. Here’s my top ten gardening commandments …

  1. Plots should look pretty as well as feed your tum
  2. Gardening is not an exact science, do what works for you
  3. Recycle – it’s just polite
  4. Do organic until it becomes a pain
  5. Accept that celery is the devil’s food
  6. Put a bench in your garden – but know that, alas, you’ll probably be too busy to sit on it
  7. Snails, slugs and caterpillars are your friends until they become your enemies
  8. When they do mourn their death
  9. Buy decent tools
  10. Grow some flowers – or the bees won’t come!

Enjoy the site and pop back regularly to see what’s going on down at My Tiny Plot.

Feel free to e-mail me.

A Little Bit About Me

I’m a British mother to two (boys). I live in Portland, Oregon. I spent over 10 years working in magazine publishing as an editor. I left publishing to start a business with my husband which has now become Treehouse.

Now, I am a full-time mum who also writes about gardening. Aside from My Tiny Plot I have written for Horticulture magazine, Gardenista.com, and Pith & Vigor, and previously Handmade Living magazine. I’m also a Master Gardener and enjoy helping people make more of their gardens. My other hobby is sewing. You can check out my sewing Instagram feed here.

If you’re interested, the camera I use for photography is a Canon EOS 550D (bizarrely named a Rebel T2i in America). I switch between an EF 18-200mm kit lens for general stuff, EF 50mm f/1.8 for low light situations and and 70-300mm Sigma macro lens for those super close-up shots.