Saturday, 16 December 2017

Guest post from Wendy Desler - Fall veggies to grow

Guest Post from Wendy


Avid gardeners experience fall with mixed emotions. 
The work from the summer
and spring harvests is over. 

We have enjoyed the fresh vegetables 
that have brought our dinner tables to life. 
We have canned, frozen, and stored the bounty 
to get us through the cold days of winter.




But, do not put those garden gloves away just yet. 
There are many 
wonderful fall
crops just waiting for you.

Remove the mulch from your spring beds 
and prepare the soil. 
Once it is clean, add compost and peat moss to 
replace lost nutrients.

You are ready to add your seeds 
for a fall veggie garden.



Besides getting more fresh and nutritious foods 
for your table, the fall crops are extremely low 
in calories and very filling. 

This is a great way to fight the holiday
calorie stampede that is headed this way.




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What to grow

Here are a few of the wonderful and nutritious 
vegetables that thrive in winter.


  • Beets
This is not the most popular veggie on the table, 
but they are full of nutrition and can be added 
to recipes for a delightfully 
different taste. For a jump start, soak the seeds overnight.


  • Broccoli
Broccoli is so packed with minerals and vitamins 
that you should include it in your diet as often as possible. 
Eat it raw with dip, 
steamed or mixed with stir-fry dishes.

  • Collards
Collard greens are very low in calories and they provide 
Vitamin A & C as well as manganese.


  • Carrots 
This is a great addition to your fall garden. 
The antioxidants found in carrots make them a favouite. 
You can process these veggies in your juicer 
for a sweet and fast pick me up.

  • Lettuce

Do not under estimate the power of lettuce. It is filling and 
fresh and it gives you potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron
 and vitamin C. 

It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, 
vitamin B6, phosphorous, cromium, magnesium, 
calcium and pantothenic acid. 

  • Green beans and pole beans 

Here is your protein punch! Green beans are 
a fast and abundant crop. 

Not only are they good nutrition, they are also delicious. 
You will have the holiday green bean casserole 
that will never be forgotten. Yum!


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Herbs

Save a little room in your fall garden for fresh herbs. 
You only have a little while to get these plants in (before the first frost). 
But, consider growing these in a hanging garden. 


You can plant them in hanging coffee containers 
hung by a rope on your fence. 
That allows you to take them indoors on cold nights 
and adds some growing time and a lot of flavors. 

Here are our favorite fall herb garden plants:

  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Chives

If you start now, you can reap a wonderful harvest that 
will carry you through winter months with even 
more flavor and nutrition 
you can imagine. So grab your seeds and get moving, 
before those frosty nights sneak up on you! 
ou will be so glad you did. 




Thursday, 9 November 2017

Seasonal fayre



9th November 2017




Well where did this year go to? 
I can't quite believe we are
 in November already, can you?



Don't you just love this plant?
It's so beautifully formed


It looks like a kind of seaweed 
don't you think?



Bare branched cornus look fab with their red, 
orange and yellow stems. 

They make quite a statement. 









Leaves are falling from deciduous trees 
turning from green to ambers.




                              Lots of trees are still in beautiful
 colour like Liquid amber. It is a fabulous orangy,red.









What flowers can you still see 
now in November?

Roses seem to flower and flower. 
It's been a good year for them. 



It is great when the season is extended.






As long as it stays relatively mild they will 
keep budding and flowering. 



Colour at a London market




We all need something to give us cheer 
at this time of the year. 


Markets are great places to go to take it all in. 
So much to see and enjoy. 





We need colour around us at this time 
of the year as autumn fades 
 into less colour and the trees become 
bare and the season changes. 




Market stalls are fabulous places to go.





I get so much inspiration from them. 

Florists in markets have amazing 
and unusual flowers on sale. 

But do ask before you photograph!

Do you like browsing around markets 

to see what inspires you too?






If you have a small green space or just a patio, 
why not buy some lovely shrubs 
like bay trees (in small pots) 
to use over the coming months. 




I love bay leaves in soups, 
in veggie casseroles. 

I pick them from my bay shrubs and then dry 
them and they keep for ages. 

The aroma is wonderful when you first pick them.








Autumn is here








Thanks to everyone for following my blog. 
Please post up a question on anything plant related
and I will happily answer it as best I can.



See the bare branches of the shrubs now
Watch the orange and yellow leaves that 
fell to the ground.

Help our little feathered friends and feed them now. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

What do I mean by a 'Mini Garden?'


17th March 2017




Howdi followers!


Well it is that simple, I want to share 
with you my knowledge
on how to create a 'mini garden' for you 
in a small space. 


A patio, a balcony
space, on your doorstep, whatever small
space you have.

Simply put, you can create a garden 
in any small space. 


So if you happen to have a bigger space, 
hey no worries,
you can create lots
 of mini gardens within a larger space 
to divide it up into 'rooms' or sections.


Just to say, you can create any kind of 
planting scheme, 
in some terracotta flower pots.
Please keep reading and following with me.

What I offer my customers


January 2019




  • Offer 1:2:1 Tuition in your garden - guiding you on how to make your space beautiful and give it a new lease of life. 

  • Research what plants would be suitable for your Garden your geographical area, soil type, sun, shade etc)
  • Source best quality plants from a good Nursery
  • Show you how to care for your plants long term
  • Advise what to plant where
  • Give you practical advice for your space
  • Plan of action

  • Initial chat about your needs - Telephone conversation
  • Visit to your garden (mileage expense)
  • Draw up simple plan
  • Charge £15-20 p.h. for my time
  • Research time 
  • Any additional time 

























Additional services

As a very experienced Gardener 
plant up lovely window boxes, planters or 
hanging baskets
of your choice.
Fee £20.00-£25.00





Please do message me on 07944 868209 for genuine enquiries.
Thanks so much and hope to hear form you very soon.
Spring is on its way!