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MARCH 2021 | GOOD COMPANIONS?

MARCH 2021 | GOOD COMPANIONS?

Hello again and welcome back to my blog. Hopefully your gardening preparations are going well as are mine after that-hard-to-bear period of enforced inactivity due to weeks of wet weather.  As lives of reduced liberty are still the lockdown order of the day I look back at feeling quite unruffled during the summer and autumn as I was still able to spend lots of time on my allotment plot and in the garden. Then down came the rain. Cold and…

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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…

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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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July 2020 | Soil Life

July 2020 | Soil Life

Big picture” this month is my Geranium x oxanium ‘Wargrave Pink’.  I have two areas of this easy to care for and all round excellent plant that fills the low-down areas of my garden with colour and keeps the weeds at bay although it is the only Geranium I currently have.   This is an old cultivar, from around 1850, and is a real garden stalwart.  I only realised just how useful it is when a couple of weeks ago, talking with a…

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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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New Year, New Garden | January 2020

New Year, New Garden | January 2020

  Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to the blog after the festivities.  The big picture this month is of the Levens Hall topiary garden with a dusting of snow – picture courtesy of Chris Crowder and the gardening team there – more of this later.  In my blog you will usually find me looking for solutions to gardening problems, both vegetable and ornamental, based on my garden and allotment plot and ten years of running a gardening…

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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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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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