Coronoveg: Figs

Figs are different from practically all other fruit trees, and many people assume they’re no good for British gardens. This is completely untrue – last year I visited the secret fig garden in Tarring near Worthing in West Sussex which, allegedly, was planted in the middle ages. Officially it dates back to 1745, but that’s…

Grafting: The good, the bad and the very, very wrong. Part Two: Veg

In Part One, we looked at fruit grafting, where decent varieties of, say, apple are grafted onto root stocks that will keep them in check and stop them going crazy. In this part, we’ll look at the relatively recent trend for grafting vegetables, which is usually taken on for the exact opposite reasons. It’s not…

Coronoveg Project: Let there be light: A reflector for seedlings

Lucky are they who have a greenhouse or anywhere in the house that’s bright, especially this time of year when seedlings are teeny-tiny. The only space I have for seedlings is my kitchen window which faces north-east, just about the worst possible angle for light. You can buy special plant-lights but they’re stupidly expensive and…

Coronoveg #2: Tomatoes

There’s still just about time to start tomatoes. I begin mine in January but there should be enough time to catch up if you get your horticultural skates on. In fact I have just sown some Tumbling Tom, in solidarity. Tomatoes can be grown anywhere there is going to be lots of sunshine and heat,…

Coronoveg: Fruit

Fruit is great to grow, not least because after the initial faff and outlay there’s virtually nothing to do except harvest and enjoy. I’ll go through each of these in turn in separate posts, but here’s a taster; something to get thinking about. The very best way to buy fruit trees is bare-root, which is…

Coronoveg Project: The Cheat’s Instant Herb Garden

So, as the first in a new occasional series suggested by my friend Liz, today I present our first Coronoveg project: DIY growing herbs that actually grow. Ever wondered why those potted herbs you buy in the supermarket never seem to last long? It’s easy really – they’re grown so intensively, so crowded and in…

Coronoveg Shopping List Part Two: Seeds

So, continuing the request for a shopping list, this is really as broad as it’s long. It depends on the space you have, so I’ll break it down into sections. I like to order online as you get the best choice but there are one or two that are getting close to their sow-by date…

Coronoveg Shopping List Part One: Kit

I’ve had a request for a shopping list so today, let’s look at basics. This is Part One: Equipment. Part two: Seeds will come later today. Growing medium Let’s assume we’re not going in for all that hydroponic stuff where plants are grown in water only. It’s fancy and it works but I don’t really…

Pea Shooters for All

We’ll start the new-look Event Gardener with a brilliant, fast crop that EVERYONE can grow. You don’t need a garden or fancy equipment, just an outside windowsill that gets a reasonable amount of sun. This can be done NOW. Start this morning and you’ll be cropping next Thursday. Pea shoots are served as a side…

Journal of the Plague Year

Shame on me, that it takes a pandemic to get me writing this blog again. I’ll be honest – I stopped for a reason – basically I was seeing a load of ‘gardening blogs’ that didn’t do anything other than show off what their writers had been growing and I began to wonder if I…

The Joy of Strep

It may sound like a throat infection but Streptocarpus is my all-time favourite houseplant. I know some people don’t care for their fleshy, knubbly leaves but I can forgive streps pretty much everything when they come into flower – and, given the right conditions, once they’re in flower they keep on giving for months on…