December 2019 | Vegetable Garden and Allotment Gardening: No Chemicals Solution

December 2019 | Vegetable Garden and Allotment Gardening: No Chemicals Solution

Hello again south east London readers in this the horticultural dormant season as our year draws to a close.  My focus this month will be a solution to replacing the use of chemicals in the garden plus a visit to the newly refurbished Beckenham Place Park – the Mansion house pictured above is now host to numerous activities – more about this later.   All gardeners know this is the time of year when the bulk of the work is done…

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End of Season Thoughts | November 2019

End of Season Thoughts | November 2019

  The “big picture” this month may be colourful but I’ll be talking about the opposite! At the Allotment – Having decided to go over to the no-dig system last year with a couple of beds would now like to extend this to the whole plot.  Now at the end of the first season the transformation is not yet complete.  I had to “mine” internet articles a bit to get information that suited my situation.  Finally I found it in…

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October 2019 | Autumn Tilt

October 2019 | Autumn Tilt

Who would have thought to see a rural craft in action on the way home from a shopping trip to Croydon. I was more than surprised recently to see, from the bus, a house roof being thatched. I just had to go back later with the camera. The thatched roof, once in common usage all over the UK, was replaced in the 19th century by Welsh slate a cheaper form of roofing. Today thatched roofs have become something to be…

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September 2019 | 3 More Garden ideas for horticultural Creatives

September 2019 | 3 More Garden ideas for horticultural Creatives

Hello again gardeners and welcome back – having wondered at the end of my last post what the weather had in store for us we now know – a pick and mix of sun and extreme heat, deluged by rain, occasional evening chill and strong, blustery winds.  No prizes for guessing where this month’s big picture comes from.  In a week with a fine weather forecast I took the opportunity to spend a couple of half-days taking photographs in Crystal…

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August 2019 | 3 Things to Remember when Creating a Garden

August 2019 | 3 Things to Remember when Creating a Garden

Coombe Wood Garden Every time I visit a garden I learn something new – a new rose colour for example, or sometimes I see a completely new plant or some novel aspect of display. The visit I talk about in this post illuminated for me the many elements that go together to create a garden that holds your interest. If you are just starting to put together a garden this post is for you. Do get in touch if you…

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July 2019 | Allotment Trials Results

July 2019 | Allotment Trials Results

At the Allotment | Trial 1 – Sowing Onions from Seed? Welcome back to the blog. I have the results of some allotment trials I’ve done, and I’ve enjoyed garden visits to Wisley and Open Gardens Squares Weekend.  Is all in your garden rosy?  All in mine is windswept.  Bucketloads of rainwater that provided the less than welcome background to my recent day at Wisley (banner heading picture taken there) were very acceptable indeed at the allotment where strong winds…

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June 2019 | Summer at Last

June 2019 | Summer at Last

Hello again everyone. I was very taken with the unusual balcony of this building put together with some artistry. Havana, Cuba? No, Forest Hill, south east London. I thought you must see this. It rained so often in May that much of the allotment work has carried over to this month. It may have rained a lot but the soil is dust-like, no doubt due to the weeks on end we had of strong winds. Last month Juli left a…

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May 2019 | Dark Canopies

May 2019 | Dark Canopies

Welcome back everyone. No doubt you too have been struggling to keep the plants moist in the face of continuous gale force winds. Easy to forget when it isn’t hot and sunny that strong winds can dry out plants just as much. I have been getting more comments on the blog recently and it is so good to hear from people. Please do leave a comment or a gardening moan or ask about a gardening problem you might be struggling…

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April 2019 | Spring Tilt

April 2019 | Spring Tilt

After the Equinox our planet will start to tilt towards the sun and we in the Northern Hemisphere can look forward to the long days of summer. In the Southern Hemisphere the opposite will happen. The “big picture” for this post, and several of the following pictures, show the work of the Bromley Green Gym conservation volunteers. Thanks to them there is a delightful green space to sit in and enjoy. http://www.tcv.org.uk/london/green-gym-london/bromley-green-gym Urban sparrows After mentioning in my last post…

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March 2019 | In Praise of Squashed Plants – Yes, Squashed

March 2019 | In Praise of Squashed Plants – Yes, Squashed

Welcome back to my blog and greetings to the Spring that has arrived following the pleasant surprise of a warm and sunny February – unheard of. My seeds sown indoors in January are progressing – leeks, white onions, red onions, broad beans, marigolds – and the February and March starters have gone into the propagator where some are showing already. This post’s title is explained at the end. Wildlife, Wildflowers and Corridors   I continue to be made happily aware…

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