Seen at The Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden - Chinese proverb

Thursday, 5 April 2007

You Ask, We Answer: Dictionary

The YAWA Dictionary: adding meaning to your garden blogging.

NB Items without a link are in the pipeline

YAWA Dictionary definitions:
  • Dictionary kick-off post
  • Amendment
  • Aubergine
  • Biscuit (aka Scone)
  • Butt updated
  • Canning
  • Collards
  • Compost
  • Cowslip/Celandine
  • Crane
  • Escarole
  • Fava beans
  • Flats
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Grit
  • Hell Strip
  • Jacket Potatoes
  • Ladybird/Ladybug
  • Lasagna Gardening
  • Mangetout peas
  • Rutabaga
  • Sultana (plus raisins and currants, don't forget the other meaning!)
  • Secateurs
  • Squash
  • Stick of butter
  • Volunteer
  • Wasp/Yellowjacket
  • Wick
  • Yard
YAWA full service articles:
Miscellaneous Articles:

Sunday, 1 April 2007

My Other Blogs and Webby Stuff


Here's all the other places where I have a presence on the interweb, not mentioned in the Other Scribblings section towards the top left sidebar of this blog...

Wherever possible I've kept the same Avatar aka Profile Picture aka Favicon across the web, so that you know it's me :)

Blogs
  • Sign of the Times - my regular photojournal. Not many words, but plenty of pictures
  • VP's Open Garden - raised over £1,000 for WaterAid in 2008. Still available for you to wander around my garden and allotment
  • Box of Delight - an archive of reminisces and things to make me smile, with the odd bit of creative writing thrown in for good measure. Not updated very often
  • Meet at Malvern - a record of bloggers get togethers at Malvern spring and autumn shows in 2010 and 2011. Available as a resource for visitors in general or for anyone wanting to arrange a meet up in future
Twitter
  • My chatty twitterid is @Malvernmeet (because I started it first and I was initially only going to be on there to get our first bloggers get together as well known as possible)
  • My blog twitterid is @VegPlotting
I now curate several 'Twitter Newspapers' which is a quick way to read the content (i.e. links) tweeted by the people or organisations I follow using the paper.li application.
You can subscribe to any of these publications via the appropriate link if they interest you.

Garden 'Clubs'

There's a more extensive list (with links) here, but the ones I've actually signed up to are:
  • Allotments4All
  • Blotanical
  • UK Veg Gardeners
My actual presence on these varies, but you'll currently find me most often at UK Veg Gardeners, especially as I'm a Founder Member and I'm the founder of the Book Club, Wiltshire and Fruit Corner groups

Other

My Amazon Reviews - my book reviews and product testing on Veg Plotting are usually transferred across and adapted for Amazon. There's also lots of extra reviews which aren't included on this blog

My YouTube Channel - possibly some of the most boring videos ever made owing to my [usually - Ed] static camera technique. But if you want to see it snowing in my garden, or the Christmas lights glowing, bees amongst almond blossom on our estate, what lawnmower racing looks like, or our scary trip across the Pontcysylte Viaduct amongst others, then this is the place for you

Online Garden Clubs and Blog Lists

Just like the in real world there are plenty of gardening 'clubs' and forums found online. They're great for finding like minded people plus lots hints and tips about all things horticultural. There's also a few places where you can find other gardening blogs like (and unlike) this one from around the world.

Here's a small selection. If you have a favourite not listed here, tell me about it in the Comments below.

Gardening Clubs and Forums
  • Allotments 4 All (A4A) - a great forum for all things fruit and veg - mainly UK
  • Folia - a social personal garden organiser with a worldwide membership
  • Garden Network - a forum for both horticulture professionals and amateurs - mainly UK
  • GrowVeg - another GYO forum, not quite as popular as A4A
  • My Garden - the RHS forum
  • Shoot - personal garden organiser, plant database and online community - mainly UK
  • UK Veg Gardeners - great food growing community, but I'm biased as I'm a founding member!
Blog Lists

Events Diary: Your Monthly Guide to What's On

In 2009, as part of my You Ask, We Answer offering, I put together a monthly events diary highlighting some of the more unusual garden or food related customs and events held around this country. Celebratory days and our main garden shows were also included.

Whilst the specific dates aren't applicable for most of the entries in subsequent years, it still forms a useful guide to use as a starting point for potential visits and exploration. The website links given for each event will enable you to find out the dates for this year. Note that the monthly summaries below aren't exhaustive, but are just to give a flavour of what's available.
  • January - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Wassailing, Potato Days, RSPB Garden Birdwatch
  • February - Snowdrops, Bramley Apple Week, World Wetlands Day, RHS London Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Shrove Tuesday (date varies depending when Easter is and can be in March), Rhubarb Festival
  • March - Daffodils, National Science Week, World Water Day, Earth Hour, British Summer Time Begins
  • April - Easter (in March sometimes), RHS Show Cardiff, National Garlic Day, Earth Day, British Asparagus Festival, National Beanpole Week
  • May - May Day, International Dawn Chorus Day, International Worm Charming Festival, Compost Awareness Week, Great London Garden Trail, RHS Malvern Spring Show, National Be Nice to Nettles Week, Watercress Festival, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Cheese Rolling, Woolsack Races
  • June - National Volunteer Week, World Environment Day, Gardeners' World Live, The Hoppings, National Winking Day, Midsummer's Day
  • July - RHS Hampton Court Show, Wem Sweet Pea Show, RHS Tatton Park Show, National Parks Week
  • August - Pershore Plum Festival, Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, Chilli Fiesta, National Allotments Week, Festival of the Tree
  • September - The Gardening Show, Gardeners' Question Time Garden Party, Dig Together Day, Widecombe Fair, Heritage Open Days, Thames Festival, Harrogate Autumn Show, Egremont Crab Apple Fair, Britain in Bloom winners announced, RHS Malvern Autumn Show, World Stone Skimming Championships
  • October - Mangold Hurling, Grand Designs Live, World Conker Championships, RHS Autumn Show, Blog Action Day, Apple Days, Halloween, British Summer Time comes to and end
  • November - British Sausage Week, Bonfire Night, Mistletoe auctions begin, Buy Nothing Day, National Tree Week
  • December - Winter walks, Christmas Markets, Mistletoe Festival, Tree Dressing Day, Holy Thorn Ceremony, Mummers plays, Hogmanay and other New Year's Eve festivals

Press Cuttings

Awards...
In 2009 I was a finalist in the Garden Blog of the Year category at the Garden Media Guild's (GMG) annual awards. James Alexander-Sinclair won again, but I was pleased to hear my name read out at the awards lunch and for James to recommend this blog during his acceptance speech :)


In 2011 I was a finalist in the Horticultural Channel's inaugural awards. It's rather good because nominations and votes come from the public. I'm also proud to be a contributor to the eventual winner, The Guardian Gardening blog :)

In 2012, Veg Plotting was again a finalist in the GMG's Garden Blog of the Year. Runner-up to the mighty Guardian Gardening Blog is fine by me.

In 2013, Veg Plotting had its third finalist spot, making it the most successful blog not to have achieved the winner's prize.

Acclaim for Veg Plotting...

BBC Countryfile magazine said:
The best blogs are based around a central passion but allow the author to digress wildly, letting their personalities flood through. Veg Plotting is such a blog...


...VP takes in such varied subjects as making elderflower cordial and the use of plastic flowers in railway station hanging baskets. Eclectic and always entertaining.

Blog of the Month, August 2009

And here's what BBC Gardeners' World magazine had to say:
...entertaining and educational glimpses into a normal garden and allotment in Chippenham. Lots of hints and surprises.

January 2009

From Walton's Best Gardening or Shed Blog nomination:

Based in Wiltshire, this blog offers a quirky view of the world of gardening and allotments, as well as an irreverant take on the world around us!
November 2010
Grow Your Own magazine's Growing help feature said:
Follow the musings of this Wiltshire-based gardener as she blogs about life, allotments and producing crops on limestone-clay soil. If you're planning to visit other people's plots in 2011 her reviews and stunning photography will encourage you out of the potting shed and into the car.

Expect to be inspired by pictures of RHS Wisley, Dyrham Park and many other fantastic fruit-and-veg growing spots. The blogger opened her own garden to the public in 2008.


February 2011 (NB March's edition) and again in February 2012:


Bloggers come and bloggers go, but I'm happy to say that Wiltshire based allotment holder Michelle Chapman is a constant source of inspiration on the ever-evolving cyber gardening scene. Her site vegplotting.blogspot.com (which gives her other moniker, VP) is a great place to go for honest, thorough product reviews, musings on allotment life, seasonal recipes and thoughtful posts on everything from grafted tomatoes to potato blight. Catch up with VP on Twitter, too @malvernmeet.
Daily Mail:
Blogs I particularly enjoy are Veg Plotting, vegplotting.blogspot.com and James Alexander-Sinclair’s award winning one at blackpitts.co.uk.

Nigel Colborn February 2011
RHS Grow Your Own website:
One of several blogs in Our Featured Blogs for this month...
March 2011- March 2014 (website feature now discontinued)

James Wong (tweeting as @BotanyGeek): Essential reading for any grow your own geek - September 2012



Extract from Chelsea Fringe 2013 website - click to read on

Andrew WilsonI was invited to judge blogs in the Garden Media Guild Awards, enabling me to explore some splendid examples of this relatively new form of communication. Writers such as Michelle Chapman were celebrated as finalists, recognising her approach to productive gardening in particular with her 52-week salad challenge. Seed Developments expert blog, January 2013.

Abigail Willis: Chelsea Fringe 2013 - The Festival Sans Frontieres Continues June 2013

Add Garden Answers feature

Add Grow London & Express online mentions - May 2014

Pacific Horticulture Magazine (USA): Chelsea Fringe - Gardening's Quirky Side (features my 2013 Chelsea Fringe project) - Spring 2014

Veronica Peerless: Chelsea Fringe 2014 - Online Chelsea Fringe Projects - May 2014

Other honourable mentions (press, radio and peer):

A Quick Blog Tour

Thanks for visiting Veg Plotting and welcome :)

This post is a quick tour of my blog to highlight some of its key features and I hope it'll help you to quickly feel at home.

You'll see to the right there's some summary Pages to help you get started which includes a bit about me plus an introduction to my garden and allotment plot. Just click on the Home Page link to bring you back to my blog. Clicking on the Veg Plotting in the box at the top of the screen does the same thing. You can do this wherever you've got yourself within the blog to get you back to where you started.

Staying on the right and below the Pages there's a selection of some of my Popular Posts to give you an idea of the wide range of topics I write about. You'll also see a little further down I've put a Translate button just in case you feel more comfortable reading this in another language.

If you wish to home in on a particular subject, there's a Search box you can use at the top left of the page. This is just like Googling, except the search and results are restricted to what's here on my blog. Staying on the left hand side, but further down, you'll also find a Labels section, which shows the broad topics I write about and the number of articles written for each of them. Using Search or Labels will present you with a series of appropriate articles I've written in reverse date order and you can simply page through them as you like.

I've been lucky to meet a number of people both virtually and for real during my time blogging. If they also have a blog, then you'll find a Link to them in my right sidebar. There's also useful links and others designed to tell you more about where I live etc. I also have a few pictures dotted around, these are worth hovering over to see whether there's a link to another of my blog posts.

On the left I've chosen to show you the Weather where I live as this is important to me as a gardener and perhaps you'd like to compare it with where you are at the moment. Clicking on this for more information will take you out of my blog, so you'll need to use your back button to get back to me.

I do hope you'll enjoy your visit and would like to come back sometime. With this in mind I've provided a number of options on the left hand sidebar to make it easier for you to not miss a thing. If you have a Google account set up, then the Follow facility is for you. Or if you already read blogs using another reader such as Bloglines, then you might like to Subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, there's an Email subscription option which will pop my latest article into your inbox whenever I publish something.

Finally, do dive in, enjoy and if you have any questions or anything to say about my blog in general or on a specific post, then we can start a conversation in the Comments either via the link below or via the one below the particular post you're looking at.

Published Articles To Date


National Newspapers


The Guardian Weekend:


The Independent
 (with Victoria Summerley):
Lifestyle and Specialist Magazines

Green Places
 magazine book reviews:
  • Biophilic Cities - July 2011
  • Kidland - September 2011
  • Woodland creation for wildlife and people in a changing climate - October 2011
  • Designing for Play - November 2011
  • Designing with Microclimate - December 2011 (NB on page 25 of the linked pdf)
  • Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Home Owners - February 2012
  • London 2012 - The Sustainable Olympics - March 2012
  • Botany for Landscape Architects - April 2012
  • The Vertical Garden - May 2012
  • The Planting Design Handbook - June 2012

Wiltshire Life 
magazine:
  • The Olympic Challenge is Personal for Smiths - August 2012

Wiltshire magazine:
  • Wool, Tennis Balls and Boats - April 2011
  • A Town Reinvented - June 2011
  • Fine Dining in England's Prettiest Village - December 2011
  • Future Farmers - February 2012
  • Down on the FarmApril 2012
  • Down on the Farm - June 2012
  • Calves, Lemons and Industry - August 2012
  • People and Power: Trowbridge - October 2012
  • Horatio's Garden - February 2013
  • Minibeast Marvels - June 2013



Websites and blogs

BBC Gardening blog:
Gabriel Ash blog:
Garden ER website:
  • My Summer Fruit: Allotment ER Needed! - August 2011 (update Aug 2013: this website is no longer available)
Garden Furniture Centre blog:
Garlic and Sapphire (Sarah Raven's company blog)
The Guardian Gardening blog:
thinkinGardens book reviews:



Social Media Management

  • Garden Media Guild Twitter and Facebook accounts + articles re social media in their quarterly newsletter - Feb 2012 to present
  • Smiths News' Community Link-Up blog management and author - Dec 2011 to present

The Guardian Gardening Blog

My articles published so far on The Guardian's Gardening Blog:

Kingdom of Plants 3D - 25th May 2012
My Malvern Show - 13th May 2011
Best Autumn Gardens - 15th October 2010
Spuds you'll like (about potato days) - 20th January 2010
All is not well in the gardens of our dreams - 25th August 2009
Got a glut? Try mangetout and mint soup – 14th July 2009
How to spot the arrival of summer – 1st June 2009
Hot composting: trying out the green Johanna compost bin – 5th May 2009

Privacy Notice


Privacy Notice

I'm committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of anyone reading or commenting on my blog.

This Privacy Notice explains how Veg Plotting collects and uses information when the blog is used.
If you require any more information or have any questions, please contact me at Vegplotting at gmail dot com.

Hosting of this blog (Veg Plotting)
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What are cookies?
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Analytical data on this site
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  • Views by country
  • Top posts and pages
  • Referrers (e.g. search engine used to find the site)
  • Search engine terms (e.g. the actual words visitors typed into their search engine)
  • Clicks (links on this website that were clicked to go to external sites)
  • Totals, followers and shares
This data is very useful for establishing the volume of people using Veg Plotting, the most popular days of the week and the type of content people are most interested in, but as stated above, the data does not reveal any details about individuals and only gives summary data about the performance of the blog.

Blogger software does not enable the site owner the power to switch these analytics off, nor to provide users with opt in/opt out facilities. Blogger may change the analytic tools available at any time.

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Useful information
  • Cookies – advice for members of the public (Information Commissioner’s Office). 
  • Allaboutcookies.org - includes information on how to remove cookies from your browser.
  • Your own browser(s). Browsers usually include information under the help section about allowing and blocking cookies and private or ‘incognito’ browsing.
Links to privacy policies of external websites used:
  • Google policies and principles. As well as Blogger and other Google branded products, Google also owns YouTube, which may be used to include videos on Veg Plotting; and Feedburner, which is used to manage email and RSS subscriptions.
  • Statcounter
  • Twitter privacy policy - NB Veg Plotting isn't currently connected to Twitter, except for the use of the Share button at the foot of each post.
  • Facebook Privacy policy –  NB Veg Plotting isn't currently connected to Facebook, except for the use of the Share button.

Guest Posts


I don't reserve all of my best content for Veg Plotting. Some of it's found in my guest posts elsewhere. Writing something differently to my usual style or content helps me from going stale, makes me think lots more and improves the quality of my writing.


So far I've written guest posts for:

Publishers, companies and organisations:
  • BBC Gardening Blog
  • Gabriel Ash
  • Garden ER (TV programme)
  • Garlic and Sapphire (Sarah Raven's company blog)
  • Heritage Open Days Blog
  • The Garden Furniture Centre
  • The Guardian Gardening Blog
Other Blogs:
  • Emma Cooper's Gardening Blog
  • Encounters With Remarkable Biscuits
  • Fennel and Fern
  • The Garden Monkey's Book Flange
  • The Sea of Immeasurable Gravy
  • thinkinGardens
  • UK Veg Gardeners
  • We Love This Book
  • Work From Home Wisdom (answers to interview questions)

A full list of links to my guest posts are listed below. If you’d like me to write one for you or to commission an article, drop me an email at vegplotting at gmail dot com with an outline of what you have in mind.

Note: I do publish guest posts on my blog, but I prefer to get to know you well through chatting away via our blogs, tweeting etc. first.


BBC Gardening Blog

Colour Theory in Gardening Design
- 20th March 2011

Emma Cooper's blog


Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner - Your Help is Needed
- 20th September 2011


Encounters With Remarkable Biscuits
:


A Little Conundrum - 6th December 2010
A Halloween Special - 31st October 2010
A Pome - 18th October 2010
And Now the News... - 11th October 2010
Stop Press**Stop Press**Stop Press** - 24th August 2010
The Dunksafe - 15th April 2010
Easter Bunnies (and Biscuits) - 5th April 2010
The Worcester Dunker - 18th March 2010
Dog Biscuit - 11th March 2010

A Biscuit Haiku - 4th March 2010
Cosy Biscuit - 22nd February 2010
Valentine's Day - 14th February 2010
Singing in the Biscuit Tin - 28th January 2010
Double Dutch - 21st January 2010
Chocolate Spice Cookies - 12th December 2009
Missed Opportunity - 28th November 2009
Woooooooooo! - 31st October 2009
Biscuits of the Rich and Famous Pt 1 - 31st October 2009
A Bit on the Side - 21st October 2009

Fennel and Fern: (no longer available)


Like a Child in a Sweet Shop - 25th March 2011

Victoriana's End of Season Review - 13th September 2011


Gabriel Ash

This link takes you to the full list of posts I've written for them since March 2013.

Garden ER


My Summer Fruit: Allotment ER Needed!
- 26th August 2011. This article is no longer available online.


Garlic and Sapphire

Get growing your own salad leaves - 2nd April 2013

Heritage Open Days


Garden Visit: Poppleton Community Railway Nursery - 27th September 2012


The Garden Furniture Centre 


Bringing the Harvest Home - 5th September 2011
Get Out and About This Autumn - 9th October 2011
Autumn Gardening Jobs - 4th November 2011
Christmas Decorations to Make - 6th December 2011

The Garden Monkey’s Book Flange:

Hedge Man - 3rd January 2011
Guest Blogger Goes Bookaging – 23rd July 2009
Hybrid Vigour25th November 2008
VP’s Writing SP8th November 2008
Book Review: Gardeners’ World Top Tips1st November 2008
I’m the Firestarter29th June 2008
Soupcon Sir?8th June 2008
Deeply Dippy5th June 2008

The Guardian Gardening Blog:

The Kingdom of Plants 3D - 25th May 2012
My Malvern Show - 13th May 2011
Best Autumn Gardens - 15th October 2010
Spuds you'll like (about potato days) - 20th January 2010
All is not well in the gardens of our dreams - 25th August 2009
Got a glut? Try mangetout and mint soup – 14th July 2009
How to spot the arrival of summer – 1st June 2009
Hot composting: trying out the green Johanna compost bin – 5th May 2009
Gardeners’ World: the verdict6th April 2009 (with several other garden bloggers)

The Sea of Immeasurable Gravy:

Separated at Birth? – 19th July 2009

ThinkinGardens:


Review of Parks, Plants and People by Lynden B Miller - 1st March 2010
Review of The Well-connected Gardener by Sue Minter - 27th December 2010

UK Veg Gardeners: (NB now need an account to view this content)

We Love This Book:

Writing Great Web Content (review of workshop at Cheltenham Literature Festival) - 12th October 2011


Work From Home Wisdom

How to Lose Weight When You Work From Home - 6th November 2012

Garden Talks: All Posts


I've been privileged to hear a number of distinguished speakers since I started blogging. Here's a list of those I've summarised thus far. You'll also find them under the Talks label in reverse publication order, but this should help you to find a particular post you'd like to read more quickly.

General Talks - mainly at The University of Bath Gardening Club
Palmstead Dynamic Planting Workshops
September 22nd 2010
24th September 2009

ABC of Weather: All Posts



From 20th January to 14th July 2010 I wrote an A to Z of Weather in weekly installments as part of my contribution to the ABC Wednesday meme. It was a very popular series, so I thought I'd list the whole set here for easy reference. For I is for Isobars, I used a map provided by Meteorologica which I liked so much, I've also used it here as my header picture for this post. Wherever possible I've related the subject being discussed to how it affects gardening and I also hope that some of the chosen topics aren't the ones you'd expect :)

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