Gardening Diary

Monsters, moths and a mystery

Monsters, moths and a mystery

Monday, December 1, 2014

GARDENING MONSTER vegetables and incredible yield are always show stoppers.

Reach for the sky even in the smallest places

Reach for the sky even in the smallest places

Monday, November 24, 2014

GARDENINGSIZE is important but it is by no means crucial when it comes to gardening.

It’s never too early for these beautiful Christmas cacti

It’s never too early for these beautiful Christmas cacti

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GARDENING CHRISTMAS came really early this year for at least a couple of Island cacti owners.

Knotty problem of invaders

Knotty problem of invaders

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GARDENING JAPANESE knotweed — a plant which at best evokes loathing among gardeners and at its worst real fear for homeowners — could have a powerful new, and tiny, nemesis that promises big things.

Apple blossom time in autumn

Apple blossom time in autumn

Monday, November 3, 2014

GARDENING FOR once, in this Michael Fish ‘no hurricane’ month, the forecasters have been bang on and I don’t need to tell you it has been great in the garden, if a tad confusing for plants.

Caribbean dream is a true born survivor

Caribbean dream is a true born survivor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GARDENING I’M grateful to Don Prescott for highlighting a star of a plant, which does especially well down his southern Wight neck of the woods but will survive almost anywhere.

Eric seeks answer to big puzzle

Eric seeks answer to big puzzle

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GARDENING ERIC Mitchell needs a hand solving a big puzzle — a monkey puzzle.

Bees turn up in the most unusual places

Bees turn up in the most unusual places

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GARDENING ONE of the many amazing things about having your own patch of ground is all manner of other creatures use it too.

Small but beautifully formed

Small but beautifully formed

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GARDENING AS A shameless attempt at gaining publicity, for what promises to be a highly entertaining and informative lecture, Barbara Craig’s gambit paid off.

A rare piece of apple history

A rare piece of apple history

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GARDENING I LOVE a good fruity tale — the story behind the provenance of a tree adds to the enjoyment both of eating the fruit and growing it too.

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.

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