See more of Mr Plant Geek on YouTube

I know that we might not all have time to sit down and read every day, which is why I’m dedicating some time to improving my YouTube channel, creating fun and informative videos for you to watch while you’re on your commute, out in the garden in between mowing and weeding, or before you go…

It’s Michael

I think I’m comfortable with referring to myself as the ultimate plant geek- as my obsession with plants has been persisting for over 30 years now, and shows no sign of letting up! I have been responsible for introducing hundreds of new plants into the UK, most notably novelties such as the Egg and Chips plant and the Fuchsia Berry! Despite…

The best of 2019 podcasts

With podcasts growing as a medium, so much so that you can now add them to Spotify playlists, it’s a great time to start listening if you don’t already! This year has been especially busy for podcasters, who have been hard at work creating compelling content in all genres – including gardening and plants, with…

Plant of the month: Lavender ‘Phenomenal’

Lloyd Traven, President of Peace Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, writes for the Mr Plant Geek blog about how my ‘Plant of the Month’, Lavender ‘Phenomenal’, was developed and what makes it different. “We had a large number of cuttings from a field that were literally melting overnight (30,000), but there was a tiny little patch…

The ultimate Christmas gardening gift guide 2019

When a Christmas giftee has a gardening hobby, you might think they’re easy to buy for – however, I can speak from experience when I say that they’ve probably been gifted more gardening gloves, tubes of hand cream and trowels than they can find a place for! Treat them to something really different this Christmas…

9 inspiring gardening take-homes from Canada

Travel is one of the best ways to gain knowledge and inspiration. From cultures, to food, to people, there’s always something new waiting at the end of a plane journey – even new gardening styles!   I travelled to Canada earlier this month. In a country where the weather is so extreme, you wouldn’t think…

What is indirect light for houseplants?

Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Today’s post is all about positioning houseplants in indirect light. If you’ve ever seen plant care advice on a label, you’ve probably seen a very simple note about plant light,…

25 inspiring urban gardening ideas

Small garden? You’re not alone. With the population growing and available space shrinking, many of us see a small garden as the new standard. In fact around two million British homes don’t have a garden at all, which makes a love of plants and gardening even tougher! However, whether you’ve got a petite patio area,…

September 2019 QVC Highlights

Summer 2019 is finally coming to an end as autumn creeps in through the transition month of September. As the days get shorter, we look at different ways to light up our gardens and enjoy those mild autumn evenings. There’s also wildlife to think about, with many animals gearing up for winter by stashing food….

What is Barakura style gardening?

Forget everything you know about planting. This is “Barakura style”! In shorthand, this is horticultural freedom, this is flower arranging but with REAL plants! The Barakura style gives immediate enjoyment, and is designed as a container installation! You’ll be mixing the plants of your wildest dreams, in a density that gives impact from day one….

Can potatoes grow on the Moon?

What do you picture when you think about the Moon? A big chunk of rock, orbiting Earth, devoid of oxygen and therefore life? Well, that’s not exactly accurate, because life could flourish on that chunk of rock – and I don’t mean little green people running around with big, black eyes and bald, artichoke-shaped heads……

August 2019 QVC highlights

Are you excited for summer to come to an end? Probably not. But there’s still lots to look forward to this month. Whether you’re making the most of the school holidays with your kids, or you’re inviting your friends over for BBQs that extend well into the long August evenings, this month is all about…

5 different ways to weed your garden

Is there only one way of weeding a garden? Of course not. However, can you think of five methods of weeding? It’s not a chore that’s widely enjoyed, but there’s no reason your can’t get creative with weeding. I’ve listed five ways to weed your garden below. Why not try these and see which works best for…

Countryside cocktails

We all know about that foraging for food can uncover some interesting finds, from elderflower to funghi. But what about foraging for cocktail ingredients? Producers are calling ‘countryside cocktails’ the new experience in the drink industry. Consumers are bored with the same old cocktails being placed under their seasoned noses – they want something new!…