Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WORLD-renowned gardener Beth Chatto may be 94 this year but it was in her prime when starting on the journey to create her magnificent garden that she learned what now seems a blindingly obvious maxim: Right plant, right place.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
THIS is a tale of a has bean and a has not bean.
For two years, I have gratefully received packets marked ‘Brighstone bean’ and have merrily sold them to raise a few pounds for the Send a Cow charity.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
ASIDE from the world of cultivating and pre-paring perfect exhibition vegetables for the showbench is growing things just for a bit of a laugh.
Friday, March 3, 2017
BREAD hunks and cheese, crisps and beer, and leeks and potatoes in a creamy soup — some simple combos are just meant to be.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
AVID gardeners went crackers for seeds last week and now they promise to do similarly for nuts.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
WHEN Bill Moore and his wife, Jean, moved to their new home in Gunville in 2014 they quickly discovered why there had been a brickworks there.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
WELL, Seedy Sunday may not have transpired this year but I will be throwing my wholehearted support into an inaugural event for 2018.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
I RECENTLY received a new ‘bible’ through the post — and it could not have come at a better time.
The girls’ trampoline, which provided so much sport for children — and adults during parties — has finally winged its way out of the garden in the wake of both daughters growing up so fast.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
AS WE approach primrose season — complete with delicate blooms and entrancing perfume — Thompson & Morgan has released details of an intriguing primula back-story of Darwinian significance.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
GARDENING WHEN the IW Council decided to hand over responsibility for its allotments a good few years ago, many passed into the hands of parish and town councils while some went to community groups.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
GARDENING DOWN at the bottom of Sandlands Allotments, Seaview, a long-running battle has been fought — one that will probably never be won.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
GARDENING THE reason for the noble sprout being reviled through the generations was presented to me on a Christmas plate the other day.
Monday, December 19, 2016
AT THIS time of year, when the garden is dull and Christmas provides the only colour, thoughts turn to seed catalogues and the brightness flowers and vegetables will provide next year.
Bill Moore, from Ash Lane, Gunville, reflects on last year’s bright sparks in the vegetable garden — runner beans — and what to do with the summer glut of this delightful vegetable.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
GINGER. It is one of those tastes of Christmas, whether it be confectionery or, indeed, wine — maybe mixed with a Scotch or two
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
NO WILDLIFE garden is complete without a native species hedge.
It is an essential wildlife habitat and, although it will make your garden smaller, you will be rewarded with the sight of more birds in your garden and the satisfaction you are providing succour for nature.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
IN THE days when scrumping was endemic because it provided fruit for free — all the sweeter because its gain was spiced with danger — I first came across the crab apple.
Sweet it is not. As my mother said: “It’ll draw your arse up to your elbow…”
Thursday, November 10, 2016
MY RUNNERS are not has beans after all.
It looked very probable, after nearly half a century of preserving my father’s beans (planting them each year and harvesting the seed) they may finally and, very sadly, have reached their end.
Monday, October 17, 2016
GARDENING ECOLOGIST Dr Colin Pope has written his description of the October highlights in Ventnor Botanic Garden.
Monday, October 10, 2016
GARDENING EVERYONE these days likes to ‘eat the seasons’ — the seasonality of fresh food being a byword for healthy living — but sometimes for us gardeners the late summer delivers an enormous over-abundance of produce.
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.