Gardening Diary

New varieties fighting back against blight

New varieties fighting back against blight

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GARDENINGSOMETIMES in gardening the pragmatic way is to admit defeat and find a new line of attack.

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GARDENING ANOTHER exotic appearance at Ventnor Botanic Garden — before the chilly snap — was this mirror orchid, photographed by Colin Pope, who is cataloguing all in the garden.

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GARDENING A READER wonders if there is anyone out there who has seed from Stan Jackson’s famous Queen of Hearts tomato that has not cross-pollinated with other varieties.

Bloomin’ winter is a surprise

Bloomin’ winter is a surprise

Monday, January 18, 2016

GARDENING AND SO it continues — the crazy catalogue of plants fooled by the warmest winter in recent times so far grows and grows, literally.

Have your eggs and chips from one plant

Have your eggs and chips from one plant

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GARDENING AS A novelty, and perhaps to get youngsters interested in gardening — and maybe moussaka — this is a good one from seed and plant company Thompson & Morgan.

Christmas kiss of peace for nursery

Christmas kiss of peace for nursery

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

GARDENING A PEACH of an idea is taking shape at a not-for-profit nursery on the outskirts of Wootton.

Mild winter weather is confusing plants

Mild winter weather is confusing plants

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GARDENINGI DON’T yet know the exact statistics but in November temperatures were a good four or five degrees higher than the average expected.

How do you store onions?

How do you store onions?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GARDENING SADLY, sometimes in gardening there is little that can be done to combat Mother Nature,

A tough nut to crack but a very tasty one

A tough nut to crack but a very tasty one

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GARDENINGNUTS, in various forms, are the main subjects of this week’s column.

Berries for colour and flavour

Berries for colour and flavour

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EVERY now and again someone comes along and breaks the gardening mould.

Bringing Christmas cheer to gardeners

Bringing Christmas cheer to gardeners

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GARDENING THERE are ‘just’ 40 shopping days to go to Christmas.

The key to successful gardening by the sea

The key to successful gardening by the sea

Monday, November 9, 2015

GARDENING I LIVE more than a long stone’s throw away from the coast — far enough away and up a hill to be protected from an environment which does not suit many garden plants.

Steps to creating your own camellia

Steps to creating your own camellia

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GARDENING IT TAKES something pretty odd and unusual to bemuse the Island’s very own Man of the Trees, Bill Shepard.

Your veg will benefit from the good bugs

Your veg will benefit from the good bugs

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GARDENING THESE days my walled kitchen garden is pretty much ‘under wraps’.

Richard gets in a right pickle

Richard gets in a right pickle

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GARDENING IF YOU could bottle success, or put it in a jar, here are three ways connected with gardening that you can enjoy it.

Autumn brings its own delights

Autumn brings its own delights

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GARDENING IT IS a very good year for berries, which means it will be a hard winter (I can hear the groan of my children as I write this).

The versatility of bay laurel

The versatility of bay laurel

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LAUREL, in its various forms, was beloved of Victorian gardeners as a hedging and screening plant and, since then, it has grown up more than a bit.

Wonderfully simple way to repair scarred lawns

Wonderfully simple way to repair scarred lawns

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GARDENING SOMETIMES an idea is so devilishly simple you wonder why it took so long to germinate.

Dahlias are back in fashion

Dahlias are back in fashion

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

GARDENING AFTER languishing for a while on the fringes of garden fashion, dahlias are suddenly being recognised again for their very many useful attributes.

Hop to the festival

Hop to the festival

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GARDENING VENTNOR Botanic Garden will be celebrating the hop harvest again with the annual Hops Festival on Sunday, September 20, from 10am to 6pm at the garden.

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