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.
Monday, September 12, 2016
GARDENING I AM in recovery from a bad case of leek envy at the weekend at the IW Horticultural Association’s (IWHA) summer show.
Monday, September 5, 2016
GARDENINGWHILE many gardeners’ tomatoes have been well and truly hit by blight this year, I have had to invest in a juicer to ensure not too much is wasted.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
GARDENING GREAT age does not stand in the way of Bill Shepard’s keen interest in trees and shrubs.
Monday, August 15, 2016
GARDENING LAST week, the Island lost two great gardening characters within hours of each other.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
GARDENING THOSE Jack the lads of the avian community or even smaller cousins could be responsible for the untimely end of many of my runner beans — or it could be mice.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
GARDENING IN THIS most colourful of seasons came news of colour in winter — a rare commodity.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
GARDENING WHEN Stuart All-brighton embarked upon his growing adventure in 2012 he didn’t really know where it would take him.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
GARDENING THE Royal Horticultural Society has confirmed weed killer has been found in compost, following IW reports of unexplained tomato leaf curl.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
GARDENING TRISH Beckett wrote to me several years ago with photos of her cactus and now it is flowering again — beautifully.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
GARDENING is all about planting for the future with the best results often seen after the planter has passed away.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
GARDENING I RECEIVED an interesting e-mail from Lois Kelly, who lives at Sidmouth, Devon, about a garden and countryside pest which has really taken off in the south of England and crossed The Solent some years ago too.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
GARDENING WHAT a difference a few weeks can make in the garden…
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
GARDENING THERE is always something interesting that turns up in the garden or indeed the greenhouse.