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Wendy Shillam
London
An urbanist by profession and a lover of city living by temperament.
Interests: Coffee in any square or friendly coffee shop, eco-living, DIY, vegetable growing on my roof garden, cooking for friends, I write fiction as a serious hobby, Out and about I love walking, sailing, sightseeing, Give me a sunny beach and a thick paperback and I'm a happy sandgirl.
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I've always admired Jefferson's garden at Monticello. I'm not at all surprised to find that he discovered the quincunx. Thanks so much for drawing attention to your very interesting blog, Ena. I envy you your trip to Monticello. I have only read about it:)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Quick Quincunx Quiz at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
Dear Julieanne, I think sometimes these things come to us quite intuitively. But its nice to know where they come from. I suspect the diagonal pattern is one of our innate patterns that is probably bound into our DNA. In crystals the diagonal is very common I think. I have high hopes for the anti-slug device. Im leaving the space fallow for a day or two before planting so they all scoot off elsewhere to feed for the time being. When they come back the galvanised barrier will be in place! Watch this space.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Quick Quincunx Quiz at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
Dear Chris, Thanks for your comments:) It felt a bit like doing new maths, as we used to call it. But fun. I think the practical applications of geometry are not as often taught as they should be. How to cut a cake for example, surely would be a winner with hungry first formers?
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Quick Quincunx Quiz at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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The most efficient sowing patterns for seeds. Potager en carres or square foot gardening. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
The Author's Song Final chapter, Chapter 30. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Authors Song
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Authors Song
chapter 28 the symphony is performed Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Authors Song
Dear Meg, Thanks for commenting and sorry not to respond immediately. I think one has to go on a multi-pronged attack. Here's my list of attempts. 1. Beer traps work well at this time of year. 2. I've ordered some Nemaslug, anticipating that its going to be a bumper year for slugs, but its not arrived yet! 3. Leaving soil bare for a week or two before planting can keep them off seedlings. 4. I do use the nature friendly slug pellets a bit, especially to protect seedlings. 5. My compost is full of broken egg shells and coffee grinds both of which are supposed to deter slugs, so I mulch with this. In Denmark I saw chicken wire scrunched around precious crops in a pot, which looked curiously decorative, like a lacy collar. I don't think the copper bands work, as leaves often tend to overgrow them. If I see a slug during the day I will squash it, but I always apologise!
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2014 on Raised Beds at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
Thanks Pamela, Since I wrote this blog Mike and I managed to break some glass in the original roof light. So the whole thing has to wait until the glaziers come round next week. But it's a blessing in disguise as we have gales here this week. I have nightmares of the half finished thing blowing away! However, in starting to construct the greenhouse I realise that they are entirely demountable and transportable, so even if you do rent your house, you could own a tiny greenhouse! Good luck with your gardening:) Wendy
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2014 on The Rhythm of the Seasons at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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This winter's flooding has shown us that we are still vulnerable to climatic disasters. The predictions are that such erratic events will become more and more common as climate change starts to bite. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Whats growing in the spring garden? Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Interview with Phyl Martin Life on a Melbourne Micro Farm Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Allotment fun day out at Provender nurseries. Tips from the allotment gurus, information about Provender Nurseries and a heads-up for where you can get an invite to the next allotment day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Rooftopvegplot, gardener's diary Thursday 20th February 2014 Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Spring planting scheme for a small vegetable bed in an urban potager Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
“You’re a bit nutty?” I sat as still as I could. “You've got a vivid imagination?” Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at The Authors Song
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Chapter 26 free online novella Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at The Authors Song
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What does Valentine's Day mean for Gardeners? Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
Hi Linda, Yes there is something very uplifting about sowing tomato seeds in the dark days of winter, knowing that you will reap the rewards in the bright days of summer.
Keri, Thanks so much for your words. It has been a pretty ghastly winter throughout the northern hemisphere. We bloggers need to help bring a little sunshine. Wendy
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The news this morning of floods and gales and of more bad weather expected, is grim. February is always a bad time of year for me. The excitement of Christmas is over, the novelty of winter is long past and those green shoots of spring are still tightly furled shut. In an effort to cheer myself up and perhaps a few others out there as well, I’ve decided to blog a few ideas on keeping happy. 1. Plant a Seed It’s a no brainer really, but planting a few seeds will certainly get me thinking forwards and not looking regretfully backwards. I suppose that’s one of the first tenets of optimism – look to the future. My top tip for an easy sowing at this time of year – it is still early - is to sow some bush tomatoes. Once they have germinated I can pop them straight into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Is my plot a mess? Do London urban gardeners have anything to learn from the Romans. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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It was midnight. I was sitting on a bench in the middle of a scrubby triangle of grass that took up the wasted space between the hotel’s perimeter wall and the tarmac ribbon of the bypass. Needles of ice-like drizzle bombarded my flushed face. My heart was pounding like a kettle drum. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at The Authors Song
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#potager, #garden,#wordlesswednesday, garden, potager Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT
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Recycling time and plastic bottles. The result - a lovely new seed propagator and a sprinkling of happiness? Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at ROOF TOP VEG PLOT