Gardening Diary

Sweet success with citrus

Sweet success with citrus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GARDENING
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.

Growing mystery of heritage beans

Growing mystery of heritage beans

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GARDENING
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.

Quest to grow the biggest, the tallest … and weirdest

Quest to grow the biggest, the tallest … and weirdest

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GARDENING
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.

The mystery of poor leek crop

The mystery of poor leek crop

Friday, March 3, 2017

GARDENING
BREAD hunks and cheese, crisps and beer, and leeks and potatoes in a creamy soup — some simple combos are just meant to be.

Seeds vanish, nuts reappear

Seeds vanish, nuts reappear

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GARDENING
AVID gardeners went crackers for seeds last week and now they promise to do similarly for nuts.

How mushrooms put new life into Bill’s clay garden

How mushrooms put new life into Bill’s clay garden

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GARDENING
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.

Seedy Sunday will come to the Island next year

Seedy Sunday will come to the Island next year

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

GARDENING
WELL, Seedy Sunday may not have transpired this year but I will be throwing my wholehearted support into an inaugural event for 2018.

Lawns don’t need to be hard work

Lawns don’t need to be hard work

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

GARDENING
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.

Humble primula in genetic discovery

Humble primula in genetic discovery

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GARDENING
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.

Allotment now has more plots

Allotment now has more plots

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.

Big problems you don’t want

Big problems you don’t want

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.

Brassicas can beat club root

Brassicas can beat club root

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.

Right frame for a bumper crop

Right frame for a bumper crop

Monday, December 19, 2016

GARDENING
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.

You can grow your own ginger

You can grow your own ginger

Thursday, December 1, 2016

GARDENING
GINGER. It is one of those tastes of Christmas, whether it be confectionery or, indeed, wine — maybe mixed with a Scotch or two

The importance of hedges

The importance of hedges

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GARDENING
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.

The delights of the humble crab apple

The delights of the humble crab apple

Thursday, November 10, 2016

GARDENING
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…”

The beans keep on running

The beans keep on running

Thursday, November 10, 2016

GARDENING
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.

So much to see at the botanic garden

So much to see at the botanic garden

Monday, October 17, 2016

GARDENING ECOLOGIST Dr Colin Pope has written his description of the October highlights in Ventnor Botanic Garden.

Turn your vegetable glut into a long-lasting treat

Turn your vegetable glut into a long-lasting treat

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.

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.

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