On my recent quick visit to my parents in Hampshire, UK, we did a walk from St Cross to Winchester along the River Itchen with Mum (89) and Dad (93) followed by a walk up St Catharine’s Hill on my own to do the mizmaze ;)
A chance meeting on the train from Oslo to Trondheim yesterday with Mia Vaughnes who is project coordinator and founder of Good Neighbor Gardens in San Diego ! Despite our very different climates we had plenty to talk about during the last two hours of the journey from Røros and Trondheim and she recognised several of the plants in my book including dandelion, a favourite of Afro-Americans she told me..she joked that the building of railways in the US was fuelled by the dandelion :)
Mia’s Norwegian friend had visited my garden and recognised me :)
It’s only taken me two years to blog about the garden at Teeny Weeny Farm, a permaculture inspired market garden in the teeny village of Dyke in Morayshire in North East Scotland, not far from Findhorn!
Today FB told me my visit was already two years ago…so I decided to do something about it. The garden was relatively young when I visited but packed with interesting plants intermingled with plants being grown by Kirsty Reid for her cut flower business (many are edimentals!). I was told that her partner permaculturist Chris Johnstone was in charge of the fruit trees and berry bushes!
The last 3 days I’ve been documenting which Alliums at the Ringve Botanical Garden collection didn’t make it from last autumns plantings, finding replacements and also collecting many more new accessions! Yesterday was the first of two big planting days and as usual I underestimated the amount of time needed to plant and document and got home at 9 pm!
82 varieties were planted and I also improved the soil for ramsons (ramsløk) and victory onion (seiersløk) which both hadn’t grown well (most others had grown very well, so it wasn’t due to lack of nutrients).
Here’s a little video tour during the planting! More will be planted next week :)
I’ll once again be inviting Trondheim Climate Festival (Klimafestivalen i Trondheim) to hear about and witness climate friendly vegetable growing in my garden this Thursday (6th September)…tickets are still available via https://trdevents.no/en/event/hagebesok-hos-stephen-barstow/2018-09-06
The last two years, both garden tours sold out, so be quick! Here’s a picture from last year’s event: