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FEBRUARY 2021 | MIDWINTER

FEBRUARY 2021 | MIDWINTER

Hello again and welcome to February.  The soil building focus continues.  So far I have not managed as much winter gardening work as I would have hoped because of the incessant rain, it isn’t good to stamp about on wet soil because it gets compacted.  It is wise to think about soil as a living thing – which it is. On the few dry days I have pruned two fruit trees and redistributed soil piles made of upside-down turves, and as the…

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JANUARY 2021 | ANOTHER STEP IN BUILDING A SOIL

JANUARY 2021 | ANOTHER STEP IN BUILDING A SOIL

Hello again in 2021. There is colour to be found, sparingly, in winter as the big picture shows – the brightly coloured twigs of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’.  Remember last month when I focused on getting started with building a soil?  This time I am thinking about a useful second step on the same road. For me there is nothing better to counteract Lockdown ennui than building something, however small, for the future. | What benefit to be gained from a…

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DECEMBER 2020 – GROW YOUR OWN, THE ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP

DECEMBER 2020 – GROW YOUR OWN, THE ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP

At the Allotment | Vegetables are a lot more “hungry” and demanding of soil than a domestic garden and building a soil is the essential first step to growing your own.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I am currently building my soil and to do it I am using whatever I have at my disposal. I was too late this year to consider Green Manure.  This needs to be planted six weeks before the first frost so that…

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NOVEMBER 2020 | English monsoons?

NOVEMBER 2020 | English monsoons?

Hello and welcome back to my blog for urban gardeners in south east London.  Is there anything specific garden-wise about our particular area of London?  The major thing that springs to mind, as we are in the London basin, is that we are all mainly gardening on heavy clay and this month I start posts that focus, amongst other things, on building a soil.  The big picture this month is a fleeting shot I captured of a mackerel sky that lasted…

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JUNE 2020 | 3 Great Tips for allotment or vegetable garden

JUNE 2020 | 3 Great Tips for allotment or vegetable garden

Hi Everyone – welcome back, first of the month and here we are again.  The “big picture” this month is of a couple of roses that are just about to open from my garden – and I’ll add a few more.  June is the rose month and I did plan this year to go to a rose garden and see lots more but life hasn’t gone back to normal yet – I’m still limited to supermarket, pharmacy and allotment for exercise….

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May 2020 | Ne’er cast a clout . . .

May 2020 | Ne’er cast a clout . . .

  Hi Everyone! I always thought that the folk saying of this month’s title referred to there being a danger from frost until the month of May had passed.  Not so, the word “clout” that has been in use since the 15th century, apparently not only means a blow to the head but also used to mean clothing.  This bit of folk wisdom then is telling us not to discard our winter clothes until May has passed.  Wisdom indeed – after a…

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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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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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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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