Gardening Diary

A fistful of tasty tomatoes

A fistful of tasty tomatoes

Friday, September 12, 2014

GARDENING AS IT turns out, you can have too much of a good thing.

Why we are lucky to have kept allotments

Why we are lucky to have kept allotments

Friday, September 5, 2014

GARDENING
THIS Garden Isle of ours may have its faults but we should truly count our blessings our allotments are not in the sights of a council desperate for cash to fill ever-emptier coffers.

Bring us your apples

Bring us your apples

Friday, August 29, 2014

GARDENING WE ARE entering the season of less than mellow wastefulness — and I hate it, although I am probably as guilty of it as the next gardener.

Angela’s garden is true riot of colour

Angela’s garden is true riot of colour

Friday, August 22, 2014

GARDENING I LOVE people with vim and vigour — those who develop, maintain and build upon their passion.

The best things are free

The best things are free

Friday, August 15, 2014

GARDENING IT IS true. Some of the best things in life, and gardening, come for free.

Helping plants cope with the drought

Helping plants cope with the drought

Friday, August 1, 2014

GARDENING WEIRD, isn’t it? Seven months ago, the ground was like tapioca and we were trying to beat the great flood.

It’s all happening in the deep south

It’s all happening in the deep south

Friday, July 25, 2014

GARDENING FORGET the Arreton Valley, the area that really gives us the name Garden Isle is the south of our Island with its special micro-climate.

Seaweed’s benefit is more than soil deep

Seaweed’s benefit is more than soil deep

Friday, July 18, 2014

GARDENINGPOWERFUL support for my autumn seaweed-spreading technique has come from something of an expert on the subject.

Rarity in lovely world of orchids

Rarity in lovely world of orchids

Friday, July 11, 2014

GARDENING ORCHIDS, in all their wonderful variety, are some of the most stunning plants, both in our countryside and our gardens.

How an obsession for daylilies began

How an obsession for daylilies began

Friday, July 4, 2014

GARDENINGWE GARDENERS all have our favourites but sometimes that develops into something a little bit more.

Lovely blooming surprises

Lovely blooming surprises

Friday, June 27, 2014

GARDENINGVERY different flowers lit up my e-mail inbox on the same day.

Style in spades at modern pad

Style in spades at modern pad

Friday, June 27, 2014

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK Transforming the inside and outside of 3 Quarr Place has been a three-year project for the current owners, who have paid close attention to detail and style to create a desirable family home.

Stinging reply to the slug and snail menace

Friday, June 20, 2014

GARDENINGI’LL be delighted if an invitation to grasp the nettle bears fruit…

Frustrating search for meadow grass

Frustrating search for meadow grass

Friday, June 13, 2014

GARDENING AN INTRIGUIGING little Polish package found its way to my postbox the other day.

Attack of the gastropods

Attack of the gastropods

Friday, June 6, 2014

GARDENINGLIKE farmers, gardeners are hardly ever happy with the weather — and this spring and early summer are certainly no exceptions.

Sweet promise of tomatoes

Sweet promise of tomatoes

Friday, May 30, 2014

GARDENING RESCUE from my blighted start to the season — thanks to slugs and snails — came from unexpected quarters.

How lazy gardening can bring its own rewards

How lazy gardening can bring its own rewards

Friday, May 23, 2014

GARDENING THERE have been two recent examples that living in a gardening mess is a virtue.

The continuing thrill of discoveries old and new

The continuing thrill of discoveries old and new

Friday, May 16, 2014

GARDENING IT IS something of a paradox. Gardeners can both be methodical over the years, using the same old tried and tested techniques, and experimental too when it comes to new plants and varieties.

Pretty climber for all seasons

Pretty climber for all seasons

Friday, May 9, 2014

GARDENING IT SCRAMBLES everywhere and is brilliant at covering up a multitude of garden untidiness and starkness, covering fences or stumps in a carpet of foliage and bloom.

The brief blooming of a real star

The brief blooming of a real star

Friday, May 2, 2014

GARDENINGIT IS always lovely to welcome old friends at this time of year and a colourful one has lit up the front garden wonderfully.

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