Gardening Diary

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.

Leeks for showing and for the table

Leeks for showing and for the table

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.

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes

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.

Lantern tree blooms on Isle of Wight

Lantern tree blooms on Isle of Wight

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

GARDENING GREAT age does not stand in the way of Bill Shepard’s keen interest in trees and shrubs.

Farewell to two gardening stalwarts

Farewell to two gardening stalwarts

Monday, August 15, 2016

GARDENING LAST week, the Island lost two great gardening characters within hours of each other.

So who have bean the culprits?

So who have bean the culprits?

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.

One way to brighten up your vegetable patch

One way to brighten up your vegetable patch

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GARDENING IN THIS most colourful of seasons came news of colour in winter — a rare commodity.

New potatoes – literally

New potatoes – literally

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.

What’s in your compost?

What’s in your compost?

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.

Crowning glory of cactus flowers

Crowning glory of cactus flowers

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.

Floral displays well worth waiting for

Floral displays well worth waiting for

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GARDENING is all about planting for the future with the best results often seen after the planter has passed away.

Invasive plant making its presence felt on the Isle of Wight

Invasive plant making its presence felt on the Isle of Wight

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.

Veg patch full of beans

Veg patch full of beans

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GARDENING WHAT a difference a few weeks can make in the garden…

New bid to defeat our biggest pest

New bid to defeat our biggest pest

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GARDENING THERE is always something interesting that turns up in the garden or indeed the greenhouse.

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