Gardening Diary

Perfect marriage of sweetcorn and garlic

Perfect marriage of sweetcorn and garlic

Monday, September 19, 2016

GARDENING AT THIS time of year — as summer becomes mellowly fruitful and slips into autumn — I always wax lyrical about sweetcorn and this year is no exception.

Leeks for showing and for the table

Leeks for showing and for the table

Monday, September 12, 2016

GARDENING I AM in recovery from a bad case of leek envy at the weekend at the IW Horticultural Association’s (IWHA) summer show.

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes

Monday, September 5, 2016

GARDENINGWHILE many gardeners’ tomatoes have been well and truly hit by blight this year, I have had to invest in a juicer to ensure not too much is wasted.

Lantern tree blooms on Isle of Wight

Lantern tree blooms on Isle of Wight

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

GARDENING GREAT age does not stand in the way of Bill Shepard’s keen interest in trees and shrubs.

Farewell to two gardening stalwarts

Farewell to two gardening stalwarts

Monday, August 15, 2016

GARDENING LAST week, the Island lost two great gardening characters within hours of each other.

So who have bean the culprits?

So who have bean the culprits?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

GARDENING THOSE Jack the lads of the avian community or even smaller cousins could be responsible for the untimely end of many of my runner beans — or it could be mice.

One way to brighten up your vegetable patch

One way to brighten up your vegetable patch

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GARDENING IN THIS most colourful of seasons came news of colour in winter — a rare commodity.

New potatoes – literally

New potatoes – literally

Thursday, July 21, 2016

GARDENING WHEN Stuart All-brighton embarked upon his growing adventure in 2012 he didn’t really know where it would take him.

What’s in your compost?

What’s in your compost?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

GARDENING THE Royal Horticultural Society has confirmed weed killer has been found in compost, following IW reports of unexplained tomato leaf curl.

Crowning glory of cactus flowers

Crowning glory of cactus flowers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

GARDENING TRISH Beckett wrote to me several years ago with photos of her cactus and now it is flowering again — beautifully.

Floral displays well worth waiting for

Floral displays well worth waiting for

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GARDENING is all about planting for the future with the best results often seen after the planter has passed away.

Invasive plant making its presence felt on the Isle of Wight

Invasive plant making its presence felt on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GARDENING I RECEIVED an interesting e-mail from Lois Kelly, who lives at Sidmouth, Devon, about a garden and countryside pest which has really taken off in the south of England and crossed The Solent some years ago too.

Veg patch full of beans

Veg patch full of beans

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GARDENING WHAT a difference a few weeks can make in the garden…

New bid to defeat our biggest pest

New bid to defeat our biggest pest

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GARDENING THERE is always something interesting that turns up in the garden or indeed the greenhouse.

Typically tropical exotica

Typically tropical exotica

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GARDENING AS THE weather warms outside, three plants bring the colour and warmth of the tropics indoors.

Plants for sale in a good cause

Plants for sale in a good cause

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GARDENINGEDDIE Grove’s version of the Queen of Hearts tomato is on sale for charity on my little honesty plinth outside my home.

Rhubarb for all seasons

Rhubarb for all seasons

Monday, April 18, 2016

GARDENING RHUBARB, which can be harvested well into autumn without becoming bitter, is a valuable addition.

Growing threat to our favourite trees

Growing threat to our favourite trees

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

GARDENING DUTCH Elm disease was the first dread disease in recent times to change our woodlands forever after breaching our sea defences.

Why it’s now worth it to grow your own onions

Why it’s now worth it to grow your own onions

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GARDENINGIN RECENT years, the cost-effectiveness of growing onions has been limited.

Pruning climbers

Pruning climbers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GARDENING YOU can prune indoor climbers this month.

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