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My new project: Oak Hill Cottage Garden (March 2019)

Welcome to my new project Oak Hill Cottage! Join me as I build a little oasis and start a brand-new cottage garden in this beautiful spot.

Berghem i vårsolen

I bought the only little hill in the village! The cottage belonged to the churchyard caretaker and located right next to the church, by the road. This is my lovely little Oak Hill Cottage Garden!


It's finally time to reveal my big secret that I have kept under wraps for almost a year now. The next chapter of my gardening life starts now, with a brand-new project... I bought a new house! A little cottage with a garden on a hill in my village. I call my new place Oak Hill Cottage Garden and I'm beyond excited to tell you more about it!

But why, you might ask? Did Philip and I separate or decide to move? Well, no. Nothing like that. I simply just decided to do something nice for myself. So I bought my own little cottage, just for me.

I have been preparing for this moment for quite some time. I can't wait to share my progress in Oak Hill Cottage Garden with you on all my platforms. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel Sara's Kitchen Garden to see videos from my lovely little cottage garden, and hit the notification bell so that you don't miss any new ones.

You can watch the first video here:



More about starting a new garden: Starting a small vegetable garden, Part 1


Oak Hill Cottage Garden

So, I bought the house on the 6th of March last year. It was actually a spur-of-the-moment idea. My husband saw an ad for a house only 2 miles (3 kilometers) away from us. I acted fast and became the owner just a few weeks later! Actually, Oak Hill Cottage is the third house I own.

Since I didn't fully cover how I got started with my kitchen garden, I wanted to do things a little differently with Oak Hill Cottage. I'm going to share every step of the way with you! I made plenty of videos and took a lot of photos of the new project too. Check out my Instagram to see even more of Oak Hill Cottage.

This is the first picture I shared from my new house in March last year:


On the 28th of March, it was finally time to get the keys to my new house. A lovely break after a hectic few weeks of lectures and garden fairs. I was so happy!



My first selfie in the kitchen! I was waiting to Skype my mother and celebrate the new house with her. She was in my brother's house in Cannes with a bottle of champagne and gumdrops at the time.


My lovely little kitchen, with a wood stove, running water and tiles. And electricity of course!


This is what the living room looked like when I got the house. The furniture came with the deal. My living room/office has three nice windows, letting plenty of light in.


The main entrance to the house is very close to the little country road leading to the village. Very convenient! This part of the house was originally a separate building further down the road, but it was moved to the hill later.


This is actually the first time I'm buying a house with running water and a working toilet (an incinerating toilet). It broke down twice already though.

You can see the church from the backyard, as well as the lovely giant oak tree.


A late-night snack on one of the first nights in the house. Working in silence has been a dream of mine these past few years since I work from home with several kids around the house. I'm sensing a new type of creativity growing in me and decided to start a new habit. I'm going to sleep over in the house every Wednesday and have a nice night to myself.


I decided to create a vlog from Oak Hill Cottage Garden every month last year. And I wanted to add a little extra fun in every video, so I'm going to sow or plant something in each episode. So, remember to watch the next vlog to see how my projects are doing.

Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel Sara's Kitchen Garden and hit the notification bell, so that you don't miss any new videos from Oak Hill Cottage Garden!
/Sara Bäckmo


02. February 2020

4 responses to “My new project: Oak Hill Cottage Garden (March 2019)”

  1. Ilka says:

    Gratulerer med huset! Så fint det er ?det blir spennende å følge med på det nye prosjektet. Masse lykke til!

  2. Barbara says:

    Brilliant!! Can't wait to watch your future posts. I've been interested in your site and vids because i live in Quebec, Canada, closer to the same or similar climate. I find them very encouraging as I'm not an expert and jsut trying to grow things every year, learning new tricks - what works and doesn't. I congratulate you ! keep on

    • Sara Bäckmo says:

      Thank you for your kind words! And yes, gardeners in Sweden often get inspiration from your country, since it is a similar climate in some ways. Good luck with your garden!

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