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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.


  • Date for Your diaries-RHS London Show Tomorrow and Wednesday

    The RHS Plant and Design Show is taking place tomorrow and Wednesday, 14 &15 February 2012 at the RHS halls in Victoria. Tuesday 10am-7pm and Wednesday... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2012 GARDENING
  • The No Prune (well Almost) Method of Tree Training!

    Last weekend, armed with my trusty secateurs, I braved the icy winds and ventured out of the big city to West Dean gardens near Chichester in W.Sussex. Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2012 GARDENING
  • Balcony Gardening-planning for Pollinators

    I was recently talking to Aya (above with Eini) about the highs and lows of balcony gardening . On her 3rd floor garden, Aya grew herbs, courgettes, salad leave... Read more

    Posted on 02 February 2012 GARDENING
  • Food from the Sky

    This week I climbed up to the roof of Thornton’s Budgens supermarket in Crouch End, N.London, and discovered three fantastic enthusiastic volunteers gardening a... Read more

    Posted on 28 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Gardening Mugs a La Rob Ryan

    I don’t often write about gardening ‘stuff’, but I was so delighted with a recent gift, that I had to share. Having broken a few cups and mugs on my gardening... Read more

    Posted on 24 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Sensaround Scent from Sarcococcas

    I’ve just spent the morning working in a client’s garden that was packed full of Sarcococcas (Christmas or sweet box). The perfume was intoxicating,... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Expensive Allotment Plot?

    I’ve just been interviewed on BBC London this morning about having a very expensive allotment plot. This is true. Plots in Islington now cost £70, and mine is... Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Ordering Dahlias

    Since last August, when I was wowed by Dahlias at Great Dixter, dream combinations of Dahlias have been lurking at the back of my mind, waiting for the right... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Bedtime Reading

    Delighted at the timely arrival of the 2012 Chiltern Seeds catalogue today. Just in time for our Christmas travels, and many a cosy night of seed selecting to... Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2011 GARDENING
  • Flowers, Fruit and Veg You That You Can Plant Now

    Although I ordered most of my bare-rooted plants weeks ago, new thoughts and ideas for myself and clients mean that there’s more plants to order. Read more

    Posted on 21 December 2011 GARDENING
  • Inspirational Gardening Books

    I’ve been dipping into Alys Fowler’s ‘Edible Garden’ since summer and I think it’s a great book. It covers basics, such as soil fertility, making compost, how t... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2011 GARDENING
  • Luscious Ferns

    I say luscious, because as most other plants are hunkering down under the soil for winter, I have some evergreen Polypodium that look so fresh and vibrant,... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2011 GARDENING
  • No Dig System

    Thinking ahead for next year, it’s great to see what courses are out there that can add to your gardening knowledge. I’ve been intrigued for a while now about... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2011 GARDENING
  • Bare-rooted Arrivals

    Over the last few days, a flurry of parcels has arrived, containing a gorgeous assortment of bare-rooted plants. Delighted to receive them all, but slightly... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2011 GARDENING
  • Our Veg Growing Community

    We had a great afternoon at ‘Cake Sunday’ this weekend. Many neighbours braved the somewhat chilly weather and came along to catch up with each other. This is... Read more

    Posted on 09 November 2011 GARDENING
  • Grow What You Love

    Autumn is a great time of year for reflection, looking at the highs and lows of the growing season and eagerly planning ahead for next year’s perfect plot or... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2011 GARDENING
  • Jerusalem Artichokes-they’re Back!

    Jerusalem artichokes-Ooh, how I’ve missed them! These delicious knobbly vegetables are little nuggets of pure joy! Stuck indoors all week with a nasty cold, I... Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2011 GARDENING
  • Autumn Flowering Plants?

    This summer I’ve felt rather disappointed with the lack of flowers on some of my Agapanthus plants, despite coaxing with seaweed feed and daily watering. Read more

    Posted on 25 October 2011 GARDENING
  • Le Jardin Plume in Normandy

    I can’t remember if it was the great signage or the satnav that brought us to this glorious garden, seemingly springing-up from nowhere in the middle of... Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2011 GARDENING
  • Planting Daffodil Bulbs

    Our Daffodil (Narcissi) bulbs have arrived from Peter Nyssen and now is the time to plant them so that their roots can get established before the winter sets in. Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2011 GARDENING