Harvest Monday: 30/6/14

Look! Mangetout! The “beanbags” One of the blogs that I read is the lovely Daphne’s Dandelions. And so now that I’ve finally got some of my plants to start producing things I can eat (more than just herbs that is), I have decided to pluck up the courage to join her link party on Harvest […]

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A rose by any other name: Golden showers

I have exactly two non-edible plants in the garden. One is the Peony I managed to buy on the last day of the Chelsea Flower Show 2014, and the other is a climbing yellow “Golden showers” rose (well hellllooooo confused google searchers….!). When I was younger, my mother, who was an avid gardener, walled one […]

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Harvesting home-grown food: Tayberries

The Buckingham Tayberry is a lovely and vigorous plant. I erred on the side of caution when it came to planting up my soft fruit raised beds. I wanted to plant fruit that I love to eat, that would save us money and that I know tastes better fresh. So I went for a whole […]

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Death on hairy stems, or, the sad demise of the Japanese Wineberry

The first plant when the trouble began When I decided to grow a couple of Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) plants in my tiny city garden, I was hoping for oodles of the sweet red berries, picked fresh from the bush in August. And the plant itself seemed so pretty, with bright red, unusual and hairy […]

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How to plant Pineberries in hanging baskets

Via RHS The pineberry (I chose the “White Dream”) is a funny sort of fruit. It’s the sort of thing that one might expect to find at the tea party given by the Mad Hatter. They’re expensive too, at ยฃ3.99 for 125g, so they seemed to be a good fruit to try to grow from […]

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Living space vs gardening space: How to divide a small urban garden

Whilst I want to grow as much of our produce as possible, I also want to ensure that our tiny patio garden is somewhere we have space to relax. One of the problems with living in the city is how little space there is overall and dividing it up between practical and relaxing areas. I’ve […]

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DIY watering system (drip – feed from soda bottles)

When planning the garden, one of the things that worried me most about planting in pots was how easily they dry out, especially on hot days. It’s not good for root structures to get completely parched as the plant stems start to collapse inwards. So my initial thought was to purchase a rainwater butt and […]

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