• 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.


  • Camellia Sasanqua

    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

    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

    Edging Tree

    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

    Dark Destroyer, 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!

    Happy 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

    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

    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

    Gardening Courses 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

    These Favourite Things-part

    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

    Autumn Lettuces-Part

    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
  • Lettuces for Autumn

    Lettuces Autumn

    After a period in August when I was sadly without home-grown lettuces, I’m delighted to be able to nip out again into the front garden to pick leaves for dinner. Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2012 GARDENING
  • Mara Des Bois Strawberries

    When in France last Easter, I bought a few wild strawberry plants (or so I thought) at a market stall and was expecting to see small intense berries growing... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2012 GARDENING
  • Date for Your diary-Great Dixter Plant Fair 6-7th October

    Last year temperatures at the beginning of October for the Great Dixter Plant Fair were a freaky and delicious 30°C. This year the weather still looks to be a... Read more

    Posted on 28 September 2012 GARDENING
  • Collecting Seeds-pros and Cons

    This year I was so pleased with the fabulous cos ‘Freckles’ lettuce that I grew, that I decided that I’d have a go at collecting seeds from my crop after... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2012 GARDENING
  • Wiveton Hall Kitchen Garden

    Wiveton Hall Kitchen Garden

    The walled kitchen garden is like a secret garden at Wiveton Hall. I only know it’s there as a friend rented a wing in Wiveton Hall a couple of years ago, and... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2012 GARDENING
  • I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside (part 2)

    The last time I sojourned on the East Anglian coast was in West Mersea in Essex last June, and I was interested to see which plants would be flowering later in... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2012 GARDENING
  • Pruning Summer Fruiting Raspberries

    Once your summer fruiting raspberry canes have finished fruiting this year, cut back the old canes that the fruit was on to ground level, leaving the newer cane... Read more

    Posted on 03 September 2012 GARDENING
  • Cosmic Carrots

    First the potatoes and now the carrots. Can veg growing get any more exciting than this? I grew these carrots in a bucket on a balcony, well above the pesky... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2012 GARDENING
  • The Joy of Potatoes

    Wow, I love digging up potatoes. Especially when they look like this! I grew a selection of colourful tubers sent to me by Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes, as well... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2012 GARDENING
  • I’m Never Gonna Dig Again

    Back in April (about 16 weeks ago), I planted up three Charlotte potatoes straight on top of fresh grass as a ‘No dig’ growing experiment, earthing them up... Read more

    Posted on 13 August 2012 GARDENING