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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.


  • 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
  • St. Pancras Hotel Roof Terrace

    As I was sorting through the images for this post, I was amazed at the breadth of plants that Ylva Blid-Mackenzie has used in her planting design for the roof... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2011 GARDENING
  • Great Dixter Plant Fair

    I’ve just spent this weekend soaking up the last of the summer’s rays down on the East Sussex coast. And what better way to finish off the weekend, than a... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2011 GARDENING
  • Collecting Seeds

    In my back garden, Nigella seeds are tantalizingly visible in their seed heads and ripe for collecting this time of year. In fact, everywhere, there seems to... Read more

    Posted on 28 September 2011 GARDENING
  • Abbey Saint Georges De Boscherville in Normandy

    My favoured form of planting is always loose, with few sharp edges, but I can also be a sucker for the odd bit of formality too. Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2011 GARDENING
  • Chilli Reminder

    Just a quick reminder for your diaries. Victoriana Nursery are holding a Chilli tasting day this Saturday 24th September 11am-3.30pm, near Ashford in Kent. Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2011 GARDENING
  • The Inner Life of a Tree Fern

    A client had an ailing Tree Fern, and when I asked Colin, a friend with a passion for Tree Ferns (see Colin’s guest blog), what to do, he came up with some grea... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2011 GARDENING