A tomato reminder

Tomato bonanza augThanks to Renato from Dig This Nursery for reminding us about the forthcoming Tomato Harvest Bonanza in a fortnight’s time on Saturday 9th August in New Cross.

Don’t be expecting to strip down topless and throw gone-off tomatoes at each other (as they do in Spain) as that sort of thing is frowned upon in New Cross. But do expect a free day of fun, live folk music, kid’s stuff and Tomatoes galore! Any advice you need about the Tomato plant do ask there as they’ll be someone who’d bound to know!

Take me I’m yours?

Pauls courgette pic

Thanks to our good friend Paul W for sending us this pic of a whopping courgette (aka zucchini) he saw outside a house on his way to work earlier this week in South London.

He wasn’t sure if it was an offering of the usual “take me” variety or the owners showing off in a “my zucchini is bigger than your zucchini” style!

Talking of courgettes, has anyone any good recipes using the old zucchini as I feel a glut coming on!

Typically tropical

A big shout to Phil Harmony for putting us in touch with Jackie and Robert from the Prince Valley Guesthouse (and the adjoining coffee farm there too) in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica and thanks to them for getting back to us.Night blooming CEREUS ready to openWe’ll be featuring a piece on the guest house in the very near future and tonight looking at the pictures we have of it, this plant has really knocked us out. The two pictures taken by them show a plant called a Night Blooming Cereus, and what a plant! The flower only blooms at night, very fragrant and is only a very short lived affair. More on the guest house and their coffee farm very soon!Night blooming CEREUS. Very fragrant and blooms only at night.

Praise be the rain!

King Tubby’s – King At The Controls – Black & White

A big thanks to Si Diamond and all at The Dirt “a gardening show like no other” on Radio Fab International for having us on the show as from tomorrow night as a weekly feature. Listen out for “Sounds from the South” as part of the new format. The show’s going to be good, “something is coming” indeed!

We at weeds will be definitely cracking open a bottle of a major supermarket’s finest and tuning in tomorrow night from 6-8pm, I mean what’s the alternative, Deal or No Deal or Antiques Roadshow? Best of luck to The Dirt!

Larry Levan’s Paradise Borage

we ain't biasedBig up to Simon and Paul from The Dirt (a gardening show like no other) for having a bit of a laugh with our Borage pronunciation debate on the show on Radio Fab International tonight.

Also a big shout to the show’s gardening expert/gentleman gardener Geoff Garrard for going for “bor-raj”, but we here are still sticking with “borridge” though! I mean it really don’t matter how we say it, the bees will still go mental for it!

The bees don’t care what it’s called but what do you think? The nation decides…

Gardening in harmony

Thanks to Dr Strangedub for the link-up again in our “dub gardeners of the world unite” series which this time features Phil Harmony who produces the excellent dubnight radioshow from Berlin. If you’re into roots reggae it’s a great listen!

Phil’s got a great little balcony where he grows his edibles and has made a clever plant table on wheels to capture more of those rays from the sun! Here’s Phil with the words and pics.

My name is Phil Harmony and I’m the founder of dubnight radio show, DJ, music producer and someone who loves gardening. To watch my plants grow, it feels like I’m printing money and getting richer everyday. I love to go outside on my balcony in the morning (well, what I call morning!) and take a look at my plants and I’m always impressed by what’s happened overnight.

I got into gardening through my grandma and parents, who had a garden when I was young and we grew our own potatoes, salad, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, spices and berries. At school we also had a garden and had gardening lessons and I learnt at an early age that the taste of home grown vegetables were much better than the ones you buy in the shops.

Now living in a flat in Berlin, I grow my own produce on a balcony (2.5m x1.50m approx.) and try to live a life that is as harmless as possible to the environment so I grow organically because we have enough chemicals in our lives. Phil_Future meals on wheelsThis year I decided to grow my vegetables in pots on a mobile stand slightly off the ground which gives them more control on how much light they get (pic above from earlier this season) and a hopefully a little bit more protection from the snails because last year they ate most of my plants (grrr!)phils table todayUsing some wood which I had lying around, I made a stand and stuck some wheels on the bottom and now have something that I can now move to follow the sunlight because I only get usually get about an hour a day but my plants seem to be okay with it. All is growing pretty nice so far and I cant wait to eat my harvest! Above is the plant table now.Phil_TomatoI have yellow cocktail tomatoes which are starting to ripen and tomatoes on the vine, a pepper plant and the world’s hottest chilli (below: the snack chilli and it looks great!)worlds hottest chilliI also grow herbs, marjoram and French and Morroccan mint, the latter which the snails seem to love!  Another favourite is Oregano, I tend to overwater it a bit and use it regularly, thats why most of it has gone! (We at weeds love those half circle concrete things in the ground that the herbs are in. If they are deep enough they’d be great to restrict the roots on say mint which tends to run riot once it gets started.)Phil_OreganoPhil_mint_2My Strawberries and Raspberries are in their first year so I’m not expecting much fruit but they’re looking healthy. Overall my soil could do with a bit more sand and sunlight, but the plants seem to live with it. The plants get regularly fed with a solution of stinging nettles which have been steeped in water and used coffee grounds added into the mix. Phil_Raspberriesstrawberries_philCheers to Phil for showing us his gardening exploits, it’s a great looking space and shows that you can grow vegetables and fruit anywhere!