Articles written by: Iain

Chitting Potatoes
Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes

I frequently get asked by my colleagues at work “what’s going on in the garden?”  At this time of the year the response is quite frequently “there’s more action on the kitchen table than in the garden.”  Like a dirty student flat i have potatoes growing on my kitchen table […]

The End Is Nigh
News

The End Is Nigh

It’s been a long cold winter but as I look out of my bedroom window towards the park opposite the evidence that spring isn’t to far away is there for all to see.  Unfortunately as I look out of the back and cast my eye over the garden it’s a […]

Latest Bargains
Bargains

Latest Bargains

At the Weekend Gardener we keep an eye on the wonderful world of the internet to find the best gardening bargains and this is what we’ve found: Harrod Horticultural – Summer sales currently on.  Click here for the sale page on their site. Unwins – BOGOF on spring/summer bedding plants. […]

September to do list
To do

September to do list

In southern England the days and nights are starting to get the autumnal feel.  There is a very definite chill in the morning air and night time temperatures are dipping below 10 degrees for the first time.  The to do list for this month includes: Tomato Blight – keep an […]

How To Grow Garlic
Garlic

How To Grow Garlic

Before we started gardening we thought garlic couldn’t be grown in the UK. In all honesty I never really spent much time thinking about where is came from. Now we know better. The UK is perfect for growing garlic. Garlic belongs to the alium family which also includes onions, shalotts […]

15 August 2010
Diary

15 August 2010

There goes another weekend.  In total five hours spend in the garden today: Harvested the remainder of the second early potatoes.  Despite them both being in potato bags the Kestral’s yielded more than the International Kidney’s Got the beetroot Alto and Detroit Two out.  We completely forgot to thin them […]

Garlic Varieties Table
Garlic

Garlic Varieties Table

There are many many different varieties of garlic. Here are some of the more popular ones with when to plant and whether they hard or soft neck varieties. [Table=5] For information on how to grow garlic check out out guide here. If you want to add more to the table […]

The Ripening
Tomatoes

The Ripening

This isn’t the name of the latest horror film but the wonderful event that’s going on in our garden at the moment.  After a number of weeks of will they won’t they our tomatoes are ripening. With anything good comes the no so good.  I was going to say bad […]

Gardening For Less
Bargains

Gardening For Less

We all love to garden and I bet we all love a bargain as well.  We’re going to be keeping an eye on the internet to see what bargains are out there. This piece of advice doesn’t only relate to gardening but anything you buy online.  Before you go to […]

Potatoes – when to harvest
Potatoes

Potatoes – when to harvest

Many gardeners have been disappointed with a crop of tiny potatoes because they’ve harvested them too early.  Here are some very general guidelines to help tell you when they’re ready to harvest: