What Not To Do

A few weeks ago one of my favourite garden writers Anne Wareham published a blog post on her website  Veddw House Garden called What not to do in November it has been swiftly followed by another post unsurprisingly, given Anne’s stance, titled What not to do in December.  Well I’ve taken the advice at it’s word and have barely set foot on the plot for the past six week preferring to take the opportunity to catch up with other things, sorting out our much neglected home for Christmas, The Times cryptic crossword, baking, reading and so on.  I’m also now helping to moderate two gardening sites UK Veg Gardeners and gardengrab.


Do I feel guilty?  A little bit.  The bulbs haven’t been planted or the broad beans sown but I don’t suppose either will seriously affect the plans we’ve made for 2013.


The two pictures posted here, the first Becky Leucanthemum and the second Euphorbia were taken yesterday morning both showing that in the main things carry on perfectly well even if I’m not around as much as I should  be.

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8 Responses to “What Not To Do”

  1. David Ford December 10, 2012 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    The Times cryptic crossword eh, with that talent during the war they would have seconded you to Bletchley~Park to work on ciphers, your posts are like Flighty`s always interesting, all the best, David

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

      What a kind and lovely thing to say. Crossword was painful today.

  2. derek ross December 10, 2012 @ 9:12 pm (#)

    Worth saying that the leaks are standing upto the worst of weathers and the broccoli also holding fast. The hard-necks are also standing up, poking through and manning-up to the wet weather, so hardly neglect just let nature take its course.

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      You could always write a guest post!

  3. Laila Noort (@sowandso) December 11, 2012 @ 8:38 am (#)

    I have been neglecting my veg garden as well because I can’t find it anymore under all that snow. The only thing still going strong are my sprouts. Second year in a row my purple sprouting broccoli has given up the struggle against the snow, ice and wind. I need a greenhouse or polytunnel.

  4. Anne Wareham (@AnneWareham) December 13, 2012 @ 11:23 am (#)

    Delighted to encourage a break and thank you for your kind words!

    Strange how gardens induce guilt – they’re supposed to be a pleasure. XXXX

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — December 19th, 2012 @ 9:48 am

      It seems to be especially true of allotments and veg gardening that if your not breaking your back then you’re not doing it ‘properly’.

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