This Week’s Guest Blogger is Joe Harrison, a Gardener, Veg Grower and Garden Writer

Gardeners are normally a very patient bunch. In winter we spend hours, reading books and gardening magazines on our favourite subject looking for ideas and inspiration. When we’re not doing that we’re thumbing through seed catalogues, planning what we’re going to grow in the new year, almost waiting in anticipation for someone to finally pull the trigger on the seed sowing starters pistol.

Sometimes this eagerness to grow can be our downfall. The winter months in the UK can lull you into a false sense of security, offering us beautiful crisp sunny days (perhaps making us regret wearing that extra thick jumper), turning our greenhouses or polytunnels into warm, inviting retreats. But, as quick as Mother Nature giveth, she can taketh away just as fast, providing us with gale force winds, driving rain and freezing temperatures, dashing any hopes we may have had of sowing anything any time soon.

That being said our eagerness to sow seeds can sometimes get the better of us and despite the conditions outside we go ahead and do it anyway.

Enthusiasm to get the growing season started is a major factor for this but I also think social media can be the cause too. Seeing lots of fantastic photos of healthy new seedlings emerging in propagators, on windowsills and in greenhouses posted by other growers makes you think, ‘should I be doing that?’, or, ‘well, if they’re sowing those seeds now, I better start too!’. I am definitely guilty of having those thoughts at times, but sometimes you have to stop and think about it logically. If you see people sowing chillies, tomatoes or aubergines in January, that’s absolutely fine. It could be something they have tried and tested in their part of the country which works for them but it may not necessarily work for you. For example, we always sow sweet pea seeds in an unheated greenhouse in December because we know that works for us, whereas other gardeners wait until January or February the following year to sow theirs.

Gardening can be trial error and I’m a firm believer that you have to make mistakes in order to learn from them. This means that if you do sow too early and your plants get too leggy or are killed by a cold snap, it’s obviously extremely deflating but, you will learn what not to do next time.

Obviously there are cold hardy seed varieties which can be sown early like broad beans, onions, leeks, cabbage and cauliflower, but just remember to use the instructions on the back of the seed packet as a guide, they’re there for a reason and are full of really useful information.

I would never discourage someone from getting involved with gardening or sowing. That being said, I also don’t want other gardeners, especially new growers, to feel pressure to start growing after seeing others doing it on social media, because gardening should be an enjoyable, rewarding and relaxing experience.

The best advice would be; if you’re unsure, ask other growers in your area who have similar growing conditions for a little advice and don’t forget to check out the information provided on the back of the seed packet. Do both of these and you can’t go too far wrong and most of all, enjoy it!

Joe is on Instagram as Grow With Joe

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Matthew Appleby the Editor of Horticulture Week and an Author

I’m glad to see vegan gardening – going beyond organics – taking off, at long last.

Many studies show cutting out meat and dairy is good for you and the planet. Vegans try and broaden their outlook into all areas of their lives, including gardening. There’s three benefits for gardening without animal inputs –  better animal welfare, an improved environment and better human health. With all those potential gains, I’m glad this was the first popular guide to growing veganically, Super Organic Gardener: Everything You Need to Know About the Vegan Garden (2018) and I’m glad it isn’t the last.

COP26 has brought home the benefits for the planet of growing plants rather than farming animals – it’s a big debate – too big to go into in depth here, and has plenty of strong opinions on all sides. I’m all for the gentle approach. Some are a bit more bullish than me.

Here’s what it’s about – be mindful of how you grow and what you put on your crops. Avoid animal manures from farmed animals and make your own compost and fertiliser or use vegan ones. Even bigger producers Westland, Melcourt and Happy Compost make vegan products now.

Grow plants that offer high levels of protein and vitamins to supplement the vegan diet.

Garden writers John Walker and Stephanie Hafferty are now advocates, while long-time vegan gardeners such as garden designers Cleve West and Darryl Moore, and the Vegan Organic Network, remain active.

In Autumn 2021, the RHS added two further commitments related to the climate change and health benefits of veganism to its Sustainability Strategy targets of becoming ‘Climate Positive by 2030’ and ‘Biodiversity Positive by 2025′. This followed a campaign by Cleve and I.

Back in 2018, Hampshire nursery Hortus Lcci held the first vegan gardening festival. Cleve, me and Darryl were among speakers. Darryl is set to design at Chelsea 2022 with a St Mungo’s charity garden, which will be veganically-sourced, with plants from Hortus Loci.

My big campaigns when the book came out were ‘hug and slug’ and ‘don’t feed the birds – your garden is not a zoo’. Not ideas designed to make me popular, as I found out after being grilled by John Humphreys on Radio 4 and Richard Madeley on ITV. How many did the book sell? Not that many. Maybe it was ahead of its time.

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Nikki Gardener, a Podcast Host, Blog Writer who writes about how she discovered the joy of gardening and how it helped her and her husbands mental and physical health

My Gardening Story

I am Nikki and I live with my husband Neil, our puppy Lyla an our two rabbits Simba and Cinnamon in Glasgow. My story started when I met my husband, he brought the world of gardening into my life. I never really thought about gardening as such before I met Neil and his papa Joe.
My interest in the garden began when myself and my husband bought our first house and I began to discover flowers and the ones I loved which were Lilies, Sunflowers and Dahlias. Which I still love today! But it was really when my husband began to suffer with his depression and anxiety that it took us both into the garden.

I had no previous knowledge of depression and when my husband first started showing symptoms of being depressed, I was unsure of what was wrong. But as I started to notice signs and symptoms I began to research on my own at first before speaking to my husband. Neil was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety which we both thought may have started with the lost of his gran in previous years. Being diagnosed with depression was something that has and continues to have an impact on my husband, although he is happy for me to talk openly about him and our story, he struggles with telling others that he has a mental illness. It is something that truly upsets me is that there is such a stigma being attached to having a mental illness. That is why I want to use my platform I have to talk about our story and live in hope that one day I won’t have to worry or even think about the stigma of mental health existing.
When we were dealing with coming to terms with Neil being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, we were also about to be hit with another challenging time to come when my husband started to suffer from sore hands and ankles. My husband hates to go to the doctors so it wasn’t until my husband was in agony in everyday life to the point where he was struggling to walk up the stairs in our house that he went to see a doctor and after a long wait even in pre-covid times he was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is an auto immune disease where your body is fighting itself. This has been one of the hardest challenges for my husband was that his own body was stopping him from being able to walk and do the things he loved.
This is where I began to help in the garden more, as my husband couldn’t do the physical jobs like weed or at the time mow the grass. Weeding for me even though I didn’t know it, was actually helping me and was a form of therapeutic gardening. I noticed that when I went outside and began weeding that it gave me time away from everything, it shut me off from the world and it made me feeling lighter when I came back in from the garden. I always knew how much the garden lifted my husband‘s mood when he went outside but I had never really thought about how it was helping me.
It was then that I discovered the gardening bug and I began to have a dream of growing my own food. I suffer with low self esteem and low self confidence and after watching all the gardening programmes, I didn‘t believe that I would be able to grow anything. I told my husband that I wanted to grow my own fruit and vegetables in the garden and he was the one who encouraged me to give it a go. He took me to a local garden centre and he bought me two tomato and two strawberry plants.  He gave me a challenge of looking after the plants, finding out about them and nurturing them.
I took on the challenge and I absolutely loved it! I still have my two strawberry plants which I have added to over the years in my garden now. This was as such the seed that started my dream of growing my own food, but as well as growing my own food I wanted to help others too. I work in a nursery as a Nursery teacher and I wanted to teach not only the children but their families too about how to grow their own food at home. I took my love of gardening in to my job and I shared my passion with the staff and we were lucky to be given a small space in a local allotment to work in with the local community.

Which then lead me onto an opportunity of my own where I was given a space growing space of my own to develop which completely scared me! The thought of designing and growing on my own plot was one that at first filled me with fear. But my husband and the Chair of the allotment both told me that I would be fine and they had every faith in me that I could achieve it. Little did we all know that when I took that allotment space on in December 2019 that we were all going to be hit by a massive pandemic.
This was the start of my dream becoming a reality. I was ill with a chest infection for most of January and February that year and in March 2020 when covid began to hit in the UK. I was asked to work from home for 12 week initially which turned into 6 months eventually. I was asked to work from home and the two days later we were all put into lockdown. Which I will openly admit had a terrible effect on my own mental health and wellbeing. I was taken away from my friends & family and I was also terrified that my husband who has an auto immune disease would catch covid.
It was the garden who saved me and my allotment, if I didn‘t have my garden and the plot I don’t now how else I would have coped through such a horrible time. But this meant that due to everyone being scared of a lockdown happening; I had purchased all my seeds, my mini propagators and everything I needed in the greenhouse to start my new adventure of growing my own food. I should add that my friend Gary back in December 2019 had said to me that I should start an Instagram account and share my journey, which at first I was reluctant to do but for some reason in January 2020 I decided to do it!
Due to my self confidence, I started up my first Instagram account @gardenernikki where at first I was only posting pictures and video of me talking where you could not see me. This is my gardening brand, which I didn’t know at the time was going to be one of the best things I ever did. I have grown as a person from taken on the new challenges of the allotment and gardening has completey changed my life.  I have now started a Tiktok, Youtube, and podcast of my own where I speak to fellow gardeners and podcaster about their story and how they started gardening. I was given a fantastic opportunity in the summer of last year in 2021 to volunteer with a great company Help Yourself grow who provide gardening classes for people with additional supports needs in Glasgow who are from the age of 18-30.
I have a passion to help others through the power of gardening. Which has lead me on to have an opportunity where I work currently, have released me to be able to go and work in the garden at Help yourself grow and teach therapeutic gardening classes. This is a new challenge that I am currently taken on and I am really enjoying teaching in the garden. I feel as if this was all meant to be and I feel as is this was my fate to be teaching in a garden. I continue to grow and develop my own self confidence and skills through learning about gardening and I look forward to whatever new challenges and opportunities that may come my way!

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Graham Porter FCIHort, a Horticultural Advisor, Author and current BBC Radio Leeds Gardening Expert

From Winter into Spring.

As the days lengthen and the snowdrops emerge from their dormancy, on those occasional and increasingly more frequent balmy winter days, we might be lucky enough to see a Queen bumblebee bumbling about in our gardens searching for a quick nectar fix for energy and a few micrograms of pollen to help her with egg production. Of course, if our gardens have nothing in flower during the November to March period of the year, she may run out of energy as she expands her range to other gardens.

These visits may seem insignificant in the great scheme of things, but, once spring gets into full swing, her dedication and our gardening support will pay dividends for both, as some of our spring flowering fruit trees wake up and she and her offspring start to do their vital work of pollination.

So, what should we be planting in our gardens that flower in the dormant season, for our pleasure and the Queen bumblebees needs? There are a number of shrubs that flower on and off during the winter and spring months, many of which are highly scented as well as being spectacular in their flower displays – Chimonanthus praecox, Cornus mas, Edgeworthia chrysantha, Hamamelis mollis, Lonicera fragrantissima, Mahonia japonica, Sarcoccoca confusa, and Viburnum farreri are amongst the best to search out, giving nectar and pollen to a hungry bumblebee. As winter roles gently into spring, the pollen provided by male willow (Salix) and hazel (Corylus) flowers can provide our bees with an important source of food to help her produce more eggs.

Alongside the shrubs, there are a number of bulbous and herbaceous plants that can provide a vital nectar and pollen source –

Anemone blanda, Crocus spps, Eranthus hyemalis, Galanthus nivalis and Helleborus spps will all provide a feeding opportunity for our native bumblebees as well as giving us pleasure.

Graham Porter FCIHort.
You can read more on this subject in Graham’s book, The Yorkshire Organic Gardener (ISBN 978-1-911148-24-1)

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Neil Wilson who writes about his “NoDig Allotment”

I am a retired Food and Beverage Manager and have been a very keen gardener all my life. I am a Director on the committee at Tilling Drive Allotment Association CIC in Stone Staffordshire. I`m helping others turn their allotments / gardens onto the NoDig system.

What is NoDig gardening? Fundamentally, it is where you disturb the soil the least amount of times as possible. Instead of conventional digging, turning organic matter into the soil, I have used a layer of brown cardboard with no plastics or coating, you spread your organic compost over the top of the cardboard and plant seedlings into the compost. Having this base layer of organic matter encourages worms and microorganisms to come to the surface to feed, which in turn, produces a more fertile and stable base to grow your produce.

This way of gardening has many benefits, (not least – no more back breaking digging!) including a significant reduction in weeds and no need for bed preparation between crops. NoDig produces a good soil structure, draught resilience by retaining more water and reducing evaporation, which as a result, requires much less watering than traditional methods of gardening.

In January 2021 I turned my allotment into a NoDig plot, and for experimental comparison, I am recording everything harvested over a three year period. Throughout 2021 I noticed that there was a significant reduction in slug/aphid damage to my crop in comparison to the previous year. I was keen to continue producing a crop organically, the only feed I have used is a homemade fermented plant juice, extracted from nettles and sprayed as a foliage spray onto runner beans as another experiment.

Since starting to harvest (April –December 2021) we have enjoyed a total of nearly 194kilos of produce. Given that my allotment is only a half plot at 100 square metres, I am growing as much seasonable vegetables as possible. I could see the benefits of NoDig gardening immediately and without any effort.

I have found that, combined with sowing seeds at the right time, this way of gardening produces excellent, bountiful produce. I sow all my seed using the Wining and Waxing moon phases, which give seeds that little extra help with germination making a healthier and stronger plant.

Having just completed my first year of NoDig Gardening I am convinced this is the way forward for me.

Neil Wilson has created “Neil Wilson’s NoDig Allotment” group on Facebook if you would like to find out more about his allotment.



This Week’s Guest Blogger is CBBC & BBC Presenter and Founder of the School Gardening Success Plan, Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener who talks about why he got into school gardening

Having got to my mid twenties believing that potatoes grew on some incredible potato tree, and cauliflowers grew in the darkness of the soil, it wasn’t until I found myself on an allotment at 26 that I realised this may have not been quite true.

So how did I get to this age not knowing. Well mainly because in my younger years it was never talked about. Dads garden was a look but don’t touch, he was very proud of it and to be honest I can see a little why he didn’t want me tearing though his hard work, even if I do suggest it now, to let children run wild and enjoy the space you’ve got.

My school gardening time was mainly spent round a muddy old pond. That’s it. So it was no wonder that while I was tucked away in my room revising for GCSE’s (5 A stars if your asking) in my teenage years, and breaking some moves on the dance floor in my early twenties, that I made it to the grand old age of 26 not having a clue.

To cut a long story short, I started an allotment, and somehow ended up a TV presenter, on CBBC Blue Peter no less. And so I was thrown into children’s gardening teaching parents how to garden together, to then become a parent myself. That got me thinking, do I want my daughter to get to her mid twenties not knowing where her food comes from?!

Together we spent time building our garden, taking on her ideas, testing them and finally turning that into a book. Then through my work with the BBC, brands and touring the UK I realised that the best way to get children was not only through parents, but through schools and teachers.

But here lay the problem. As much as teachers knew the benefits of gardening at school (which clearly had come a long way since that muddy pond at my school), teachers had no plan or idea what to do, no structure to make that happen. There had been plenty of campaigns, some of which I had been part of, that promoted school gardening, but none that stuck around long enough after that photo shoot that you’d see in your local paper with some clever pun like “Growing knowledge” or something like that.

It was half way through my final tour of that kind that I realised I was the problem. I was the one that was stopping school gardening by showing up and disappearing and vowed to change that and finally do something about it. You can watch the documentary of this here..

So over 2020/2021 I spent time, money and a lot more time working on The School Gardening Success Plan. I worked with brands that I trusted to keep the cost low for schools, set up a team to support teachers, and created lessons that I knew throughout the year teachers could easily play out with their class ending up with a successful crop at the end of it. It’s everything that I wish I had when I was younger and everything that I new my daughter and children her age would appreciate and learn from.

We supply all the equipment, lessons, and most importantly teacher support. One of the biggest things I realised while visiting schools was that there were many ambassadors of school gardening out there, teachers, parents and volunteers. They inspired, pushed the gardening message, and taught children where their food come from, all while support children’s mental heath, getting them outside and away from a screen. The were instrumental in keeping children gardening. It was the schools without these heroes that struggled, and not down to the fault of the teachers that were there. There just was no guide for it. So I made sure that we support teachers with a team of people to answer all of their questions. We want success all over the UK.

In fact by 2025 we are going to have 30,000 primary schools using this plan. That’s almost every primary school in the UK. Then we will sped the next 10 years making sure every class has one, so that children everywhere in the UK will have a space to grow and care for wildlife..

..and no one will be looking for that magical potato tree ever again.

Find out more about The School Gardening Success Plan at

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Simon Gibbons, the owner of StrawBaleVeg UK and he writes about Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

When my family and I move to our present house on the edge of the famous Viking Way we inherited a very large garden. I was determined to grow masses of vegetables. I come from generations of farmers but was not by any means an expert gardener. So, I read. A lot. My one concern was that as a young girl, my wife had been involved in a serious road accident. The specialist at the time said the pain she suffered in her back would get worse as she got older. He was right. I wondered if there was a method of gardening that did not involve quite so much bending. I cast about looking both here and abroad. I came at last across strawbale gardening. Due to the height of the strawbales it is great for people with mobility issues. You don’t need soil so it follows that you can site your strawbale garden on most surfaces. Concrete, grass etc. This makes it ideal for wheelchair users. It’s a no dig method and weed free. I set about refining the method and found it was very successful. Most vegetables can be grown in strawbales. My personal favourites are potatoes, runner beans, onions, cabbage and lettuce.

Over a drink one night with a pal we were discussing strawbale gardening and he suggested I start a Facebook group. I did and it now has over two and a half thousand members. I thought there could be something here. I now teach strawbale gardening, have my own range of vegetable herb and flower seeds and I have released my own e-book on the subject. Its not just a question of pushing a few seeds in a bale, it is a little more complicated than that, but perfectly doable. In the book it lists different strawbale setups. Many have all round access so very good for wheelchair users. All parts of this method can be done from a sitting position. The book tells you day by day how to “mature” the strawbales. This means adding a nitrogen-based feed and water to get the bales composting. This makes an ideal environment for seeds and plants to thrive. I have people from Manchester to Melbourne who have had marvellous results. The very first thing I grew was tomatoes. The book goes into the how to of this as well. It is packed with hints and tips. I have people with just one strawbale outside their patio doors to massive twenty bale systems. It’s so accessible to everyone. You are welcome to get in touch with me through my website

If you want to give it a grow here is the link to my ebook.

I hope you get bumper crops.


This Week’s Guest Blogger is Peter Brown who has recently retired after a lifetime in horticulture

My name is Peter Brown, I live in South Croydon, Victoria, Australia and I have been involved in Horticulture for all my working life. I started my apprenticeship in Gardening and Turf Management in December 1972 when I was 17. I completed my apprenticeship in December 1975. In that time I worked as a Landscape Gardener doing residential and commercial landscaping works and also in a Retail/Wholesale Nursery growing the plants during the week and selling them on Weekends at the retail outlet until 1982. I then applied for and became a trade teacher at Oakleigh Technical School. I commenced my Diploma of Teaching in 1983 where I studied two days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) at Hawthorn Institute and the other three days I taught at the Technical school teaching all aspects of Horticulture to Nursery, Gardening, Turf and Landscape gardening apprentices. Initially I only taught certificate 2 and 3 in the trade areas as well as I developed a Certificate 2 Horticultural course for people with intellectual disabilities a course which is still running at Holmesglen TAFE, and later I started teaching Diploma subjects as well.

During my time in teaching I have had many roles from Team leader to Head of Department and everything in between. I also branched out from Horticulture in 2000 and started to teach students studying in Conservation and Land Management. I have been involved in the Horticultural Therapy association of Victoria for many years and find this an interesting and essential tool for helping people who have been involved in some sort of accident where we use horticulture as therapy to help them to rehabilitate.

I recently retired from teaching after 38 years and look forward to spending the next phase of my life with my wife in the garden, on the golf course and travelling around Australia.

This Week’s Guest Blogger is Dustin Pope the President of Tree Doctor USA – a team of certified arborists who offer tree and plant care services.

How to keep your trees disease-free?

Keeping your trees and bushes in good health requires severe prevention measures. Tending to insects, pests and illness issues at the beginning is vital to guaranteeing healthy trees across all seasons. By forestalling illness and pest infections before they happen as opposed to figuring out the arrangement later on, you can save many dollars on pesticides and receive the rewards of a noteworthy scene.

Starting off bright and early on managing bug and sickness issues can have a significant effect between lovely, sound greenery scenes and one that is tormented by issues all season, every season. By zeroing in on prevention, rather than responding to illness and bug invasion when it occurs, you can protect your green buddies as well as deflect any financial liability.

Prevention includes various advances, including appropriate checking, plant care, and treatment. It regularly follows a methodology called Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

This smoothed out, biological way to deal with bothering the executives gives more successful outcomes less requirement for destructive synthetics. At last, results are more fruitful and the interaction is more secure for individuals, pets, and the climate. This article talks about the Best Plant Health Care Services to keep your plants and trees in a perfect condition.

Plant Diseases That Require Attention-

The following are probably the most well-known illnesses that plague trees and bushes:

  • Leaf spot sickness – They make spots on the leaves of trees and bushes. Leaf spots can be tanish, tan, or dark and make dull spotting on leaves.

  • Apple scab – This leads apple and crab apple trees to rashly shed their leaves during pre-summer and late-spring. A tree impacted by apple scab will have leaves with brown and dark spots.

  • Dark bunch – This sickness makes a delicate, olive-green matter around the twigs which in the end changes to hard dark bunches when fall comes. Dark bunch regularly contaminates the leafy foods.  This sickness can kill off a tree if treatment is not received.

  • Anthracnose – Sometimes misdiagnosed as oak shrivel, anthracnose makes the leaves foster dry, brown, and smeared spots before they drop. Anthacrose can assault trees and bushes right off the bat in the season.

  • Cytospora infection – This sickness causes discolouration on specific spaces of a tree’s trunk and branches. Normal among trees matured 15 years and more seasoned, cytospora ulcer can turn a tree’s needles to brown and kill its lower branches.

Integrated Pest Management : How does that work?

Integrated Pest Management includes the utilisation of specific techniques in battling irritations and infections. These techniques reliably screen bug populaces for sure fire activity, appropriate plant care works on, establishing nuisance safe plant assortments, and right treatment draws near (depending on the situation). The objective of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is to foster early and long haul counteraction of nuisances and infections. Assuming nuisance populaces are diminished or dispensed with toward the start, they won’t cause monstrous harm in your nursery/yard.

The following steps can ensure that your trees live long and healthy lives. It is better to avail the Best Plant Health Care Services to account for the same.

  • Monitoring-

Monitoring your plants consistently permits you to identify early indications of nuisance invasion when populaces are still low and simple to take out. At this stage, you can intrude on their development before they gain out of influence. For example, distinguishing the presence of mountain pine bugs. The ideal opportunity to screen these vermin is in the cold weather months.

You would realise they’re taking safe houses in a tree when you notice “pitch tubes” on the trunks. In case you see these pitch tubes, remove a piece of bark and check for discoloration of the wood under the bark (somewhat bluish grey). Provided that this is true, you really want to call an arborist to have the tree eliminated. Customary observance of pine trees in winter and quickly eliminating invaded trees keeps the creepy crawlies from harming adjoining trees. That is the reason coordinated checking and moment activity has a tremendous effect in keeping your trees and bushes sound.

  • Appropriate Plant Care Practises-

Insects and pests are controllable just by adhering to good tree and plant care practises.

It is just about as straightforward as keeping up with neatness and keeping your plants and beds all around tended to. This can keep creepy crawlies and irritations under control. Pivoting your yearly harvests to various pieces of the nursery consistently limits specific vermin issues. Tidying up old leaf litter on the foundation of plants is a successful method for warding off risky creepy crawlies. Noticing the ideal opportunity to establish trees and bushes to stay away from the rise of explicit kinds of bugs additionally brings down the danger of plant harm.

It additionally pays to keep your plants all around hydrated consistently. Particularly in the hotter months, as dried out and worried plants are more inclined to harm. If necessary, change the dirt preceding planting and apply natural matter consistently. Put a thick layer of natural mulch to forestall the development of weeds and hold dampness. Take additional consideration of recently established plants, just as trees and bushes that have supported harm.

  • Adhering to proper planting techniques-

The following are some basic plant care practises that helps in preserving their good health :

  1. Plant varieties that can endure pest infections- As a rule, there is a safe assortment reproduced for a well known plant that is helpless to explicit irritations. You may likewise need to pick assortments that are more hearty, energetic, and impervious to numerous nuisances.

  1. Plant the right kind of plants in the right space- Each plant has a dirt, daylight, dampness, temperature, and space prerequisite to accomplish ideal development. Jumbling a plant to an off-base area or conditions will just pressure it and cause the plant to turn into a simple prey for bugs and illnesses.

  1. Consider a wide range of plant variety- When pests/insects like the Mountain Pine Beetle invade your plants, they might possibly annihilate a whole gathering of trees and bushes. This is the reason it’s fundamental to develop numerous sorts of plants, trees, and bushes to guarantee you will have something left assuming the bugs harm your plants. Having different plants in your nursery or yard likewise works on the overall look of your scene.

  • Acknowledge the treatment required-

Before you resort to applying substance medicines like insect sprays, see whether there are “organic controls” accessible. The most widely recognized illustration of organic controls utilised in homes are gainful bugs. They are garden-accommodating bugs like ladybugs, asking mantis, parasitic wasps, and lacewings, that can eat up enormous quantities of bugs in a given time. You might need to dump the pesticides to let the beneficials deal with the bugs.

Assuming utilising natural controls can’t get the job done and more forceful nuisance control measures are required, don’t stop for a second to call a tree bug or tree sickness master. They are furnished with the right devices and skill to analyse an issue and recommend the best and eco-accommodating arrangements.

  • Diagnosis of trees and shrubs-

Assuming you experience issues telling whether or not your trees and bushes are unhealthy, it’s a good thought to call some tree experts.

Some tips to help you keep your trees disease-free

At the point when you realise how to perceive vermin or infection, you’ll regularly observe that you’re ready to distinguish issues while they’re in the beginning phases.

  • Select bug safe varieties

Headways in science and innovation have made it workable for bug safe assortments of many plants to be created. Assuming you need to establish something especially inclined to bug or sickness, it might be a smart thought to choose the vermin resistant variety that is more grounded and more sturdy.

  • Pick the perfect place

Various kinds of plants and trees have various inclinations with regards to soil, dampness, daylight, and the sky’s the limit from there. You must pick the perfect place. Some unacceptable spot might put it under pressure and hold it back from flourishing.

  • Apply medicines when vital

Few out of every odd creepy crawly that you spot in your yard is awful. There are a lot of things like ladybugs, lacewings, and imploring mantids. And more that assist you with keeping your plants and trees solid by eating risky vermin. There is positively an appropriate setting for bug sprays. Be that as it may, assuming you detect these nursery well disposed creepy crawlies, allow them an opportunity to do what they specialise in first.

  • Acquire the specialists

You can do a considerable amount to forestall other invasions and sickness from going to your yard all alone. Be that as it may, there are most certainly times when you’ll have to get the specialists. Tree care experts can assist you with tending to your plant and tree issues while limiting harm.


Arranging your nursery so that you’re planting perfectly located is significant for developing solid plants. Yet all things being equal, irritations and illnesses can scupper your great work. Getting issues early is vital to keeping your nursery bug-and infection free. While you’re watering the plants, watch out for brown, twisted or stained leaves, openings in leaves. Moreover for stems that have kicked the bucket.

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This Week’s Guest Blogger is Award Winning Designer and Horticulturist Peter Dowle of Leaf Creative who talks about the importance of gardens to him

My love of plants and gardens began when I lived in New Zealand as a child. I remember going into habitats with tree ferns and subtropical rainforests where you could walk into spaces that were green and they smelt different, felt different. It gave me a real connection with nature.

I also remember cycling through giant redwood forests and being completely in awe of these huge trees.

When I studied horticulture at Pershore College, I began to develop an almost spiritual connection with nature, gardens, and gardening.

A Garden of Quiet Contemplation at 2019 RHS Malvern Spring Festival

A garden space or natural space can be such a source of inspiration. The huge intelligence that is behind a flower, when you look at it in detail, or behind a seed, or a leaf, is the same huge intelligence that you see when you gaze into the sky and see stars or the moon. It’s a reminder that this is just part of a much bigger picture.

Garden design for me is all about providing places and spaces within gardens where people can connect with nature and see that far bigger picture.

My appreciation of what comfort a garden can bring individuals came from studying gardens in Japan and being inspired by the tea gardens and Zen gardens where nature and meditation are strongly connected.

Tree Ferns

It’s something I’ve brought into my garden design by creating spaces for quiet repose, using water and rocks, with areas for yoga or meditation where you are just surrounded by nature.

Even in very small spaces, I think there’s always an opportunity for people to explore an area that grounds you in a bigger picture of the universe.

I feel incredibly blessed to be a gardener, to share some design and my passion for plants. I couldn’t think of a better career.