Gardening Diary

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.

Broccoli… goodness all the year round

Broccoli… goodness all the year round

Friday, April 25, 2014

GARDENING PRODUCE can be a bit thin in the ground at this time of year — but there are a few crops that reliably come up with the goods.

Exotica is just a click away now

Exotica is just a click away now

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GARDENING IN MY near six decades a lot of mystery has vanished from the world.

Time to do battle with the enemy

Time to do battle with the enemy

Friday, April 11, 2014

SPRING is midway through but for pests, diseases and weeds, life is just beginning, worse luck.

Secrets behind walled gardens

Secrets behind walled gardens

Friday, April 4, 2014

GARDENING A GARDEN love affair was re-kindled back in 1987 by my wife.

Know your onions and reap the rewards

Know your onions and reap the rewards

Friday, March 28, 2014

GARDENING IS IT just me that gets attached to everyday inanimate objects?

When hoarding comes in useful

When hoarding comes in useful

Friday, March 21, 2014

GARDENINGTATE and Lyle’s Golden Syrup slogan, complete with a rotting lion and bees making a hive from the corpse, tells us: “Out of the strong came forth sweetness.”

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