Posted in 'How to', Allotment, Annuals, Bare rooted plants, Fruit, Japanese wineberries, Panters and pots, Plant and flower shows, Plant combinations, Plant Nurseries, Training fruit, tagged Allotments, Front garden allotment, Japnese Wineberry trained as a figure of eight, Jean-Paul Gaultier Cone, Trained fruit for small spaces, Trained_fruit_for_urban_gardens, Training_Japanese _Wineberries on November 27, 2012 |
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This strange arrangement is me, at my tiny strip of an allotment, trying to train a Japanese Wineberry into a variety of forms, so that it can fit into smaller spaces.
Left to its own devices, it can be a monstrous spidery thing. Charming if interplanted with annuals, but a bit too space grabbing for a more petite front garden.
So here I was aiming for a Jean-Paul Gaultier-esque curvy cone shape,
And here I was experimenting with a sort of fan or star shape (and also wanted to illustrate the beauty of my urban plot!).
And this pic is of a lovely neighbour, David, training a Japanese Wineberry into a figure of 8. Lots of these ideas I’ve ‘borrowed’ from Blackmoor Nurseries from their small but inspirational stand at Hampton Court Flower Show this year, and I’m eager to see which permutation will give me the most fruit.
Ever since I tasted these delicious berries, I’ve been pondering how to squeeze them (and Blackberries for that matter), into a tight spot and looking forward to tasting the fruits of my labours come July. If you fancy a go, then it’s a good time now to order bare-rooted fruit canes. I think the figure of eight would even fit well into a large pot. Plants available from Blackmoor Nurseries.
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Posted in 'How to', Allotment, Community growing, Runner Beans, Vegetables, tagged Allotments in front gardens, community cake events, Community gardening, community veg growing, Community veg growing in Islington, Front garden allotment, Growing runner beans, Growing veg in the community, Large growbags, Neighbours cake events, Neighbours growing veg, runner beans in growbags, Veg growing in front gardens on June 13, 2011 |
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Yesterday, I spent the whole day with neighbours distributing green growbags (as in pic above) to local residents’ front gardens for this year’s Community veg growing project. Pic above is also part of a 4 page article in Gardening Which? this month. Unfortunately I can’t include a link to their website as it’s for members only, so below I’ve copied and pasted the rest of the article. That’s me above (in pink) in my front garden last May.
Most photos were taken last year during the growbags give-away day in May and at the end of the growing season in August.
This year, we’ve doubled the number of participating households from 50 to 100!
Neighbours can now start growing their beans in the growbags provided, and we’ll get together in a couple of months over tea and cake to catch up at the end of the growing season.
If you want to read more about the project, you can go to the community growing page on my blog.
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