Archive for June, 2008

No more classes until 18th July due to holidays, then details as before.

Hatha Yoga For Beginners classes are every Wednesday at Trinity Church Hall, Ventnor at 7:40pm, classes last about an hour and a quarter. You can still join in even if you did not go last week. Important to wear loose clothing, take a blanket and a mat with you.

Cost: Donation to cover the cost of hiring the hall.


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Runner beans in need of feedingIt seems to be turning into one of those ‘funny’ years for growing vegetables. A lot of people have reported that their runner beans are very slow and not doing as well as expected, almost as many have been amazed at the height their potatoes have reached, me included, mine are just over waist high and still seem to be getting taller.

My plum tomatoes are really healthy and doing brilliantly yet the ‘Gardener’s Delight’ tomatoes in the pot right next to them are looking dreadful but they were planted several weeks before the plums so the compost could be a bit tired by now.

In the photo above, the runner beans on the left have an unhealthy touch of lime green about them, they should be the same colour as the ones on the right. They do have nice flowers though.


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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

A good time for planting strawberry runners is the morning of the Sunday 6th of July.

Sunday 29th June from 10pm right up to Tuesday July 1st until 8pm sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.


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A busy weekend (21st & 22nd June) that included visiting a new plant nursery (review below), a trip out to Shorwell Midsummer Fayre and our Ventnor Permaculture meeting produced two other highlights for me.Rookley Manor GardenRookley Manor Garden

The first was going to Rookley Manor garden which was open as part of the National Gardens Scheme, never been there before, it was smaller than I expecting but don’t let that put you off visiting. The NGS description states:

Beautiful, mature 1-acre garden surrounding a Georgian manor house (not open). Stunning views of the Downs. Features incl ancient trees, palms, exotics, dry garden, pond, unusual flowers and shrubs. Emphasis is on wildlife and plant compositions. Garden has been developed to require no extra watering or chemicals.

So much work must have gone in to creating this garden, there are dry, damp and windy areas to cope with as well of lots of tall trees. Every part of the garden is a delight, so many different seating areas all with wonderful views or compositions of plants. For me it was calm, inspiring, energising and magical, if you went you will know what I mean. I know I will be visiting again next time this garden is open again.


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Open Gardens, Fetes, Soapmaking, Fayres, Car boot Sales etc on this weekend

Rose Fayre at Chale School

Chale School


Saturday 28th of JUNE
Church Place, Chale, Isle of Wight PO38 2HA


Auction items include: Black Gang family Pass, Butterfly paragliding tandem flight, Chessell pottery – gift voucher, Chicago rock – meal vouchers/ drink vouchers, Cine World – 4 tickets, Dinosaur Isle – family Pass, 2 x return tickets on hover travel, LA bowl, Merlins Dinning voucher, Godhill Organics voucher,
Pizza Express voucher.

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Posted June 26th 9.30pm
On July 3rd there is a tour of Lynbottom and Standen Heath landfill sites, including two composting operations. This is being put on by the Isle of Wight council as part of the wightsummer countryside walks and events. Some difficult terrain. Stout shoes needed. Places are limited and the number to ring is 821234

This is one off the many Wight Summer walks, a few of the other July ones are:

Shanklin woodland walk, Brading Marshes wildlife walk, Osborne’s bedding bonanza, Wildlife on Tennyson Down, Wight Conservation’s project on Mottistone Down, Nightjar watching on Mottistone Common, Wildzone – Tennyson Down bug hunt and tree trackers, The night sky – star gazing on Mottistone Down.

For more details download the Wight Summer pdf document

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Elderflower bushThe elderflower season is in full swing, if you buy elderflower presse′ from the supermarket it will cost you £2.50 – £3.00 a bottle or you could make you own for a fraction of the cost.

Pick your elderflowers on a nice dry, sunny day. It is a good idea to smell each flower before picking, if it smells nice pick it. There is no pleasant way of saying it but occasionally some of the flowers smell like cat pee and I don’t mean those close to the ground, whatever you make from elderflowers it will taste how they smell.


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