The Gardeners of Kabul – BBC World Service

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I stumbled on a BBC radio programme entitled The Gardeners of Kabul, a sensitive and uplifting piece on some of the people of Kabul who garden, and have gardened, in very difficult circumstances. Six gardeners in five gardens are featured, from the large and historic public garden of Babur, the first Mughal Emperor, to a tiny plot reclaimed from the street, I found each story touching. The love for their garden and plants shines out, particularly I thought for fruit trees, roses and grape vines. The twenty seven minute article is on BBC World Service, here is the link. The Gardeners of Kabul

Here are a couple of links to other pages on Kabul gardens, fascinating, who had any idea?

Wikipedia on Babur’s garden

FT article

 

 

 

“The Tardis” or Greenhouse, Autumn Ready

We’ve finished working on the greenhouse structure, it’s been cleaned, oiled and bombed, the floor has been repainted and the staging re-erected, I took half of it out in April to make room for the tomatoes and aubergines but need it over the autumn, winter and spring seasons.

This morning I cleaned the heated propagator and put it back in position at the far end of the

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Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions

I harvested these around the middle of August having planted the sets at the end of February. They were kept on drying racks in the garage for 3 weeks as the weather was too varied to leave them to dry outside on the soil. There was around 90% success rate from the sets. Yesterday I decided to plait them and Continue reading “Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions”

Greenhouse Bombed

Not literally of course but figuratively in that we used a sulphur candle to clear away unwanted pests. But I’m ahead of myself, let me explain.
We bought the greenhouse 2 years past in February and it hasn’t been properly cleaned or had any maintenance done to it since. So a few hours yesterday and today were given over to this.

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Visit to Green Island Gardens

A copy of the garden brochure, £1, is essential to see all that this garden offers; it’s large and there are many areas that you’ll be likely to miss if you don’t have one. If you have one in advance of your visit study it and plan your tour so that you see the parts you want to, if you can’t get one in advance then I suggest that you buy one on the way in then head to the tea room to review it and make your plan. If you do neither of these then before you go visit the website which has comprehensive details of the garden, it’s features, facilities, opening times and address. As with the garden itself, a lot of effort has gone into the website and it’s a great introduction to the gardens.

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The Continuing Story of Pig Trough Gardening – Part 2

I’m sorry to tell you that the pig feeder as a garden trough failed because it had no drainage holes in the bottom. Random Thoughts, an engineer in the USA, kindly commented suggesting that I use a piece of cloth as a wick to draw the water out of the bottom of the trough and it did, but a bit too slowly, so the trough became waterlogged. Look at this:-

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Pig Trough Gardening

I visited our local auction house T W Gaze last week looking for some plants, however in the Deadstock Meadow sale I saw a pig trough aka a pig feeder. Made from cast iron it is very heavy yet I wondered if I could make it do duty as a plant pot. These are sometimes referred to as Mexican hats and you can see why. Continue reading “Pig Trough Gardening”