Everything’s burgeoning down at the Southsea Greenhouse

Runner beans - perfect for getting children interested in gardening.

BRIAN KIDD: From these seeds, mighty gardeners might sprout

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The plants have been growing so fast recently because of the alternating damp but warm and often sunny weather that it has been necessary to do some significant thinning out, especially in the herbaceous border, where some treasures – even the peach tree – had become hidden. Good job we had some expertise to hand to guide the enthusiastic volunteers.

The pond too needed clearing, but the vegetation removed was carefully laid down on the pond’s fringe to allow the many froglets inadvertently captured free passage back home.

Harvesting of vegetables has continued apace, with crisp white onions and strong yet sweet garlic being quite profuse.

In the polytunnel cherry tomatoes are ripening and are delicious picked and eaten straight from the plant – a favourite with younger visitors.

If you would like to know more about the garden, become a member or volunteer then please visit southseagreenhouse.co.uk. And if you fancy making something from clay, don’t forget you can pop in for classes with Zara every Thursday during the summer holidays.