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SEPTEMBER 2020 | Late summer

SEPTEMBER 2020 | Late summer

Plant of the month| Trees for small gardens| Below is my garden’s Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) with it’s crinkled, dark and interesting leaves that make for strong impact in a green space.  I have trained it to go along the fence for some seven years or so now and not without difficulty as it is programmed to reach for the sky and grow directly upwards.  I am not taken with the very dark, dense tree that would be the natural growing habit…

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August 2020 | Height of summer

August 2020 | Height of summer

You Must See This | At the Allotment | As the sweet corn plants developed, seemingly healthily and robustly, first I saw one, then more and in the group I had sown of sixteen corn seeds about one-third seemed to be oddly affected.  I did a bit of research.  I had never worried about F1 seeds – apart from the issue that such seeds in developing countries would, by needing to be re-purchased every year, possibly put an insupportable burden on struggling…

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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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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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February 2 2019 | Spring Stirrings

February 2 2019 | Spring Stirrings

Hello again and welcome back.  Imagine opening the curtains first thing in the morning and seeing the sky pictured above  – I was greeted by the surprise of this glorious dawn sky a couple of weeks ago and it was a great start to the day.  But shepherds were right to warn of morning red sky – gorgeous dawn it might have been but followed by an entire day of heavy rain with grey skies. Our weather this winter, in my…

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December 2018 | Gardening – more than one way of doing things . . .

December 2018 | Gardening – more than one way of doing things . . .

Hi again – cold now but there is still the odd day of bright, clear weather to enjoy. Last month I was thinking back to when I worked in a community garden – one of my first roles after training – it was in a very urban area of south-east London and my brief was to cater for people who didn’t have space to grow much i.e. people without gardens, people with balconies or window boxes only.  Having usually had…

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November 2018 | The Big Sleep | Top Tips

November 2018 | The Big Sleep | Top Tips

Welcome back again to all you garden lovers – I appreciate your support of this gardening blog – and goodnight to our gardens. I’ve recently been going through a mental checklist of the late season tasks required before the dormant months; maybe you have been doing the same? I’ve asked myself these questions – have I saved seed from all the plants I said I would? What seeds do I need to sow now? Have I divided all the overgrown…

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