Gardening Diary

Typically tropical exotica

Typically tropical exotica

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GARDENING AS THE weather warms outside, three plants bring the colour and warmth of the tropics indoors.

Plants for sale in a good cause

Plants for sale in a good cause

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GARDENINGEDDIE Grove’s version of the Queen of Hearts tomato is on sale for charity on my little honesty plinth outside my home.

Rhubarb for all seasons

Rhubarb for all seasons

Monday, April 18, 2016

GARDENING RHUBARB, which can be harvested well into autumn without becoming bitter, is a valuable addition.

Growing threat to our favourite trees

Growing threat to our favourite trees

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

GARDENING DUTCH Elm disease was the first dread disease in recent times to change our woodlands forever after breaching our sea defences.

Why it’s now worth it to grow your own onions

Why it’s now worth it to grow your own onions

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GARDENINGIN RECENT years, the cost-effectiveness of growing onions has been limited.

Pruning climbers

Pruning climbers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GARDENING YOU can prune indoor climbers this month.

Strange examples of inosculation

Strange examples of inosculation

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GARDENING CONJOINED branches, or trunks moulded over foreign objects, make interesting garden features.

Raspberries twice a year

Raspberries twice a year

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GARDENING A NEW variety of raspberry of a type known as a two-timer or double-cropper has been launched.

New varieties fighting back against blight

New varieties fighting back against blight

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GARDENINGSOMETIMES in gardening the pragmatic way is to admit defeat and find a new line of attack.

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GARDENING ANOTHER exotic appearance at Ventnor Botanic Garden — before the chilly snap — was this mirror orchid, photographed by Colin Pope, who is cataloguing all in the garden.

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GARDENING A READER wonders if there is anyone out there who has seed from Stan Jackson’s famous Queen of Hearts tomato that has not cross-pollinated with other varieties.

Bloomin’ winter is a surprise

Bloomin’ winter is a surprise

Monday, January 18, 2016

GARDENING AND SO it continues — the crazy catalogue of plants fooled by the warmest winter in recent times so far grows and grows, literally.

Have your eggs and chips from one plant

Have your eggs and chips from one plant

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GARDENING AS A novelty, and perhaps to get youngsters interested in gardening — and maybe moussaka — this is a good one from seed and plant company Thompson & Morgan.

Christmas kiss of peace for nursery

Christmas kiss of peace for nursery

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

GARDENING A PEACH of an idea is taking shape at a not-for-profit nursery on the outskirts of Wootton.

Mild winter weather is confusing plants

Mild winter weather is confusing plants

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GARDENINGI DON’T yet know the exact statistics but in November temperatures were a good four or five degrees higher than the average expected.

How do you store onions?

How do you store onions?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GARDENING SADLY, sometimes in gardening there is little that can be done to combat Mother Nature,

A tough nut to crack but a very tasty one

A tough nut to crack but a very tasty one

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GARDENINGNUTS, in various forms, are the main subjects of this week’s column.

Berries for colour and flavour

Berries for colour and flavour

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EVERY now and again someone comes along and breaks the gardening mould.

Bringing Christmas cheer to gardeners

Bringing Christmas cheer to gardeners

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GARDENING THERE are ‘just’ 40 shopping days to go to Christmas.

The key to successful gardening by the sea

The key to successful gardening by the sea

Monday, November 9, 2015

GARDENING I LIVE more than a long stone’s throw away from the coast — far enough away and up a hill to be protected from an environment which does not suit many garden plants.

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