• Suburban Veg Plot http://suburbanvegplot.blogspot.com/

    A blog following the development and activities in a kitchen garden in south east England suburbia. Occasional mentions of chickens and other gardens around the world.


  • Raspberry Pruning

    Raspberry Pruning

    Mid July is usually the time for pruning summer fruiting raspberries. The stems that grew last year have produced their fruit, the leaves are looking a little... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Well Hello Birmingham!

    Well Hello Birmingham!

    With Saturday morning arrived the daunting job of loading up an enormous van with all of the plants (and quite a few extras) I have been growing for the past 4... Read more

    Posted on 12 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Squeeze on Time and Space

    Squeeze Time Space

    If you thought that all my focus on the Gardeners' World show was affecting my planting and growing for the suburban veg plot you wouldn't be far wrong. Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Colour, Structure and Support

    Colour, Structure Support

    On Thursday 12th June, the BBC Gardener's World Live show in Birmingham will be ready to open and my Edible Patch raised bed will be fully planted up and... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Designed to Be Eaten

    Designed Eaten

    It is now just over 6 weeks until the BBC Gardeners' World Live show and my panic levels are rising slightly. I have been sowing seeds for this project since... Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Slug Patrol

    Slug Patrol

    To follow up on my previous post, I can report that I did order some nematodes a few weeks ago. Application is very easy – the contents of the packet are mixed... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • In Need of Nematodes?

    While doing a spot of weeding the other day, in preparation for potato planting, I came across an alarming number of slug eggs in the soil. Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wildlife Gardening

    Wildlife Gardening

    While I sit here typing this I am watching, despite the drizzle and cool temperatures outside, a pair of blackbirds collect moss and plant debris from the edge... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sowing the Seeds of a Busy Year

    Sowing Seeds Busy Year

    Such a mild winter and warm start to the year has meant that many people have started sowing earlier than usual. Beware the cold nights though – temperatures... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Outfoxed


    When we first rehomed some ex-bat chickens in 2010, there was no shortage of people telling us that we'd lose them all to foxes. Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Uchiki Kuri

    Uchiki Kuri

    Also known as onion squash, this lovely curcurbit finally decided to produce fruit for me this year. Just the one mind you. As a plant it takes up much less roo... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2013 GARDENING
  • Hop to It

    It has to be said that Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' is much easier to grow than it is to pronounce. Since learning of the golden hops, I now delight in spotting it... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • You Say Tomato, I Say Passata

    Tomato, Passata

    Every year, without fail I pack my greenhouse to the rafters with tomato plants. Tomatoes are one of my least favourite foods, in fact I don't really like them... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Redcurrant Jelly - a Recipe

    Redcurrant Jelly Recipe

    First watch in early spring as green leaves unfurl from what looks like a dead twig stuck in the ground. Water well if Mother Nature decides not to bother and... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Cuckoo in the Nest

    Cuckoo Nest

    A moral, if one were needed, on the importance of plant labels. (And putting them on the right plant)I sowed my curcurbit seeds in April and tended them... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Other People's Gardens

    Other People's Gardens

    It's said that gardeners are a friendly bunch and indeed there's something about growing plants, be they for ornament or food, that brings out the sharing... Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cake in the Sun


    It was a fabulously sunny day on Sunday here in my little corner of Hertfordshire, which made it all the more sad that I had quite a lot of horticulture revisio... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Yet Another Chelsea Roundup

    Another Chelsea Roundup

    I thoroughly enjoyed the show gardens on Main Avenue and at the risk of repeating anything you've already read about them on other blogs, here's my opinion of... Read more

    Posted on 29 May 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's That Chelsea

    It's That Chelsea

    Yes, it's here again. Love it or hate it, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is going to be filling the tv schedules, newspapers and websites, your twitter feed,... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tulips on Parade and Under Review

    Tulips Parade Under Review

    Well, they were a long time coming, but finally my tulips flowered! This year is my first for spring bulbs and I'm so pleased with them that I'll definitely be... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2013 GARDENING, HOME