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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 postAmendmentAubergineBiscuit (aka Scone)Butt updatedCanningCollardsCompostCowslip/CelandineCraneEscaroleFava beansFlatsGreaseproof paperGritHell StripJacket PotatoesLadybird/LadybugLasagna GardeningMangetout peasRutabagaSultana (plus raisins and currants, don't forget the other meaning!)SecateursSquashStick of butterVolunteerWasp/YellowjacketWickYardYAWA full service articles:
Original YAWA kick-off postAllotmentButtBramley appleChia PetsHoar frostHollow tine aerationJam, Jelly and CheeseMarmiteMushy peasParsnipVergeZonesMiscellaneous Articles:
Your Gardening Year Ahead - a horoscope for all years and seasons from our esteemed Madame ZeldaOf Moons, Sixpences and Bedsocks- answers to questions arising from Madame Zelda's predictions

My Other Blogs and Webby Stuff

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Here are the rest of the places where I have a presence on the interweb...


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


Blogs Sign of the Times - my regular photojournal. Not many words, but plenty of picturesVP's Open Garden - raised over £1,000 for WaterAid in 2008. Still available for you to wander around my garden and allotmentMeet at Malvern - a record of bloggers get togethers at Malvern spring and autumn shows in 2010 and 2011. It also gets updated when I visit the show and has links to other bloggers' posts for those times. It can also be used as a resource for visitors in general or for anyone wanting to arrange a meet up in future. 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

Twitter My chatty twitterid is @Malvernmeet (my first foray into Twitter to get our first bloggers get toge…

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) - agreat forum for all things fruit and veg - mainly UKFolia - a social personal garden organiser with a worldwide membershipGarden Network - a forum for both horticulture professionals and amateurs - mainly UKGrowVeg - another GYO forum, not quite as popular as A4AMy Garden - the RHS forumShoot - personal garden organiser, plant database and online community - mainly UKUK Veg Gardeners - great food growing community, but I'm biased as I'm a founding member! Blog Lists Blogcatalog - a list of 100s of g…

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 BirdwatchFebruary - 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 FestivalMarch - Daffodils, National Science Week, World Water Day, Earth …

Press Cuttings

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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 Gardeningblog :)
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 flo…

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…

Booky Wooks

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I don't have a mega publishing deal... yet - contact me if you'd like to offer me one ;)

In the meantime I've had the opportunity to do a little light publishing and reviewing as follows...
First forays into publishing
I learnt a lot by about writing and the process of publishing with my contribution of a chapter to award-winning author Niki Jabbour's Ground Breaking Food Gardens

I produced a plan for producing year-round salads in the tiniest of spaces. You can read about how it all happened here.

I got quite emotional when I found the book on display in a tool shop in Toronto at the start of  2015's Garden Bloggers Fling. It was the first time I'd seen it in a shop, rather than my own copy.



My first foray into publishing was gathering up my posts about Chippenham into a Blurb book, called ABC of Chippenham.

Blurb is just one of the mind boggling number of self-publishing options available. This project was to satisfy my own curiosity about how self-publishi…

Published Articles To Date

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I write for Gabriel Ash; plus I look after Connect Group's Community Link-Up blog which documents their corporate fundraising and volunteering activities. I also look after West Green House Gardens' online presence (website, newsletter and social media).

I've also contributed to national newspapers, lifestyle and specialist magazines, and lots of websites and blogs. 

Here's a list of my work to date. Just like my blog, the range of subjects I'm commissioned to write about is broad.



National NewspapersThe Guardian Weekend:
Gardens: small spacesaka Big Ideas for Small Spaces - 15th December 2012Take a Seat - Benches - 8th June 2013
The Independent
(with Victoria Summerley):
50 Best Gardens - 1st May 2010

Lifestyle and Specialist Magazines GMG News (Garden Media Guild's quarterly magazine):
How Social Media Circuit Opens Global Garden Gates (summer 2015)Regular articles on social media for 4 yearsGreen Places magazine book reviews:
Biophilic Cities - July 2011Kidland - Septe…

The Guardian Gardening Blog

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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

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Guest Posts

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I don't reserve all of my best content for Veg Plotting, some of it's found in my guest posts elsewhere. It's great to have the challenge to write something suitable that's different to my usual style.

I've written guest posts for...

Publishers, companies and organisations Battlesbridge Mills Garden CentreBBC Gardening BlogGabriel AshGarden ER (TV programme)Garlic and Sapphire (Sarah Raven's company blog)Heritage Open Days BlogReader's DigestThe Garden Furniture CentreThe Guardian Gardening Blog
Other BlogsEmma Cooper's Gardening BlogEncounters With Remarkable BiscuitsFennel and FernThe Garden Monkey's Book FlangeThe Sea of Immeasurable GravythinkinGardensUK Veg GardenersWe Love This BookWork 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 m…