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SO...I've come to a hard decision that I'm going to be closing this page and ceasing the blog. There are WAY too many balls in the air at the moment and I'm stretched thinly across too much.
BUT - never fear, everything thing will continue over at Brimwood Farm. <- So please head over and like this page....
WHAT'S THE BACKSTORY?
I started The Guide to Gay Gardening up over a decade ago when I first got an allotment and wanted to create a diary of my progress. Unsurprisingly, things grew and I started this Facebook Page and dabbled with a newsletter.
A couple of years ago, however, I realised I needed to come up with a brand name for the future selling of plants, vegetables, livestock etc and thus Brimwood Farm was born. A YouTube channel was started, another FB page, a community group etc.
As you might have noticed, I only manage to blog and post to this page sporadically. Why? Because I'm filming 4 YouTube videos a week and livestreaming on Saturday nights. That's on top of updating Instagram and actually DOING the work in the first place, whether that's gardening, planning flowerbeds, working the day job as a gardener or mucking out/feeding/caring for almost 50 chickens (and the rest of the menagerie).
It's just all too much to keep going, especially when TGTGG and Brimwood Farm are so closely aligned.
The blog will stay up until at least June 2018 because that's how long I've paid for hosting. This page I'll leave up for the next few months but there won't be any activity.
Instead I'll be posting over at Brimwood Farm and the new Brimwood Farm's Community Group where we discuss livestock, flowers, gardening, vegetables and all that fun stuff. So I hope you'll head on over and join me there.
Things need to change and this is the way my life, certainly, is headed.
Thanks for everything you wonderful gardeners!
Indulged in a little passion of mine today - athletics. But, it wasn't all sport - London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is GORGEOUS so I took the opportunity to look around. Thought vast, there's something beautiful planting and great inspiration to take away for smaller gardens and landscaping.
Well, I've been spending TOO much on plants so it was time to do some propagating. This time - roses!
Anyone taken rose cuttings before? How did they do? Any secret tips?
If you're into gardening and wildlife, I highly recommend this BBC4 show. Watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Who's growing sunflowers this year? Another new plant for me (I know, I know, WHO hasn't ever grown a sunflower?!). This is Helios and I'm loving it - such a bright spark on a Monday.
Hands up who's got horrible little greenfly...
I discovered the other day what a hoverfly larvae looks like...NOT cute, but super helpful if you want those sap-suckers to get a taste of their own medicine.
Gardening is so much about trial, error and experience. I've already made MANY mistakes this year! Here are three of them....
What have you done wrong and how did you fix it?!
Anyone have ideas for bringing this palm back to life. I made a boo boo and let all the fresh young shoots get frosted last autumn. Now the crown seems to be dead but other leaves still alive. Will it produce any new central growth or have I screwed it?
Sweet peas are coming out!
I still have found the secret to success with them, but this year's are already waaaaay better than ever before.
== THE WILDFLOWER MEADOW PROJECT ==
As many of you know, three years ago I ran a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to get a wildflower meadow going. Well, after some errors and issues, the field is maturing into something quite beautiful.
Here's some shots of the field this past weekend, along with some of the beautiful wildflowers now growing. It's become a fantastic conservation hotspot.
My aubergines and peppers have flowers! I'm amazed.
I started them off REALLY early this year - sowing in Jan/Feb. The young plants pretty much did NOTHING for several months and I thought it was a dead loss starting them out so early. However, it seems they were just sitting and waiting for warmth for they shot away when spring came and now are getting the first flowers. Yeehaaah!
How do you grow yours?...
Has anyone here ever grown foxtail lilies?
I highly recommend them! Never had them before but bought a single bulb on a whim last year. Now look at it!! Definitely getting more
How are everyone's gardens and plants doing?
I've just taken the first harvest of this lovely salad bowl red lettuce. YouTube title shows how to cut it - but really I just want to show how happy I am with this raised bed of lettuce!!...
I hope you had a great Bank Holiday/Memorial Day weekend.
It was Monday Magic time yesterday and look who dropped in to say hi.......
It's time for the weekly round-up in Smallholding Diaries.
This week, bumble bees, radishes and the curious case of injured Mrs. Ixworth.