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  • Out of my Shed http://outofmyshed.co.uk/

    It's a blog about gardening in London throughout the year, with a visit now and then to some fab gardens further afield.
    I also help organise a community vegetable growing project where I live in North London and this year we’re hoping to involve over 100 households to grow vegetables in their front gardens.


  • Lettuce Seedlings

    I love lettuces. Can never get enough of them. This year I was determined to get sowing nice and early and be eating my home-grown leaves by the end of May. Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Great Dixter

    Every time I go to Great Dixter, I learn something new. And I gain even more appreciation about what this fantastic garden and the ethos of its gardeners have t... Read more

    Posted on 04 April 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mara Des Bois Strawberries

    Last year I experienced Mara des Bois strawberries for the first time (having planted them the summer before) and was so delighted with these fruits that I’ve... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Edible Garden Show

    It was love at first sight! We’ve been discussing getting a dog for ages, but now I’m thinking maybe we should get chickens instead. And possibly this German... Read more

    Posted on 16 March 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Salad Blue Potatoes

    Despite the name, Salad Blue potatoes are not great for salads as they’re a tad on the floury side and crumble when boiled. However, they do make great chips an... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Indoor Pea Shoots and Other Leaves to Eat Now.

    I started these pea shoots from dried (Marrow fat) peas just under two weeks ago indoors. I soaked them overnight first, and they germinated in a coolish room... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Veg Street, and the Winners Are……

    Congratulations to Peonies and polaroids, Skavop, Ffondant Marge and The Sneaky Magpie! Yours were the first four names out of the hat and books will indeed be... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Veg Street-Grow Your Own Community

    Have I mentioned that I’ve been writing a book?? It’s due to be published on March 7th and I’m delighted to have four copies from the publishers to give away.I’... Read more

    Posted on 24 February 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • RHS London Plant and Design Show

    I love this show. I always seem to find what I’m look for, and then some more. I’ve been debating whether I should use a cloche for my winter leaves or not and... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pittosporum Illiciodes Var Angustifolium

    I’m a big fan of the Pittosporum genus and was delighted to find such a gorgeous airy specimen two years ago at the RHS spring show on the Crug Farm stand. Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Camellia Sasanqua

    I’m not a great Camellia fan. I find their dark evergreen foliage can be relentlessly gloomy, especially in our winter months. But when you’re greeted in a... Read more

    Posted on 28 January 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Curious Gardener

    It’s started to snow again and I’m delighted. I’ve just spent the last day or so snuggled up with Anna Pavord -guilt free! And she’s such a hoot! Read more

    Posted on 20 January 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Edging a Tree Pit

    About 5 years ago, our community veg growing project was launched when Islington council gave away free wildflower seeds for tree pits (the base around trees). Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Dark Destroyer, My Squirrel Nemesis

    I’ve been reading posts about hellebores for a while now, so as the sun was shining, I thought I’d pop out to the garden to see how mine were coming along. Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Happy New Year!

    Just before Christmas, Mark from Vertical Veg sent out a questionnaire for growing in 2013. It contained a few simple and very pertinent questions and ones whic... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pruning Japanese Wineberries

    All this rain has provided plenty of excuses for curling up with some great gardening books, but on a rare dry day this week, I got on with tackling a job I’ve... Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Garlic

    I love roasted fresh garlic and this seems like reason enough to plant a row or two whilst the ground is not frozen at my allotment. My mate Colin says, “Plant... Read more

    Posted on 18 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Gardening Courses for 2013

    As well as starting to peruse catalogues and websites for next year’s seed order, I’m also starting to think about gardening courses that I’d like to attend. Read more

    Posted on 16 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • These Are a Few of My Favourite Things-part 2

    Inspired by Wellywoman’s Golden Welly awards, I thought I’d have a look back over the year and round-up some of my favourite horticultural experiences. So in... Read more

    Posted on 08 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Autumn Lettuces-Part 2

    At the beginning of October, I’d been picking leaves from lettuces sown at the end of June and July already for a couple of weeks, and I was hoping to continue... Read more

    Posted on 01 December 2012 GARDENING, HOME