The Happy Dog Cookbook’s plant based treats

When you were little, your parents probably told you to eat your veggies, with the promise that you’d grow up to be strong. As humans, eating vegetables is important for us as it provides us with the nutrients our body needs to function, and some of these nutrients can’t be obtained from eating only meat….

5 very easy steps to making a pumpkin vase

We’ve seen many fantastic ways to display pumpkins, from mesmerising 3D carvings to spray painting. But there’s still so much room for creativity with this orange squash – like a pumpkin vase! Guest blogger Lily Hall has worked within the incredible world of floral design for four years, and is currently studying a BA Hons…

Vegetables you can grow yourself from kitchen scraps

Do you use your kitchen scraps in your garden? Guest blogger Mari tells us how to grow plants using discarded foodstuffs. Originally from The Netherlands but currently living in sunny Spain, Mari has made it a mission to cover her balcony with succulents. When she’s not tending to her houseplants she writes for You Had Me…

A crash course on growing Phalaenopsis

Have you ever tried to grow Phalaenopsis? Kevin Wigley gives us the low down on what to do and what not to do. When the word ‘orchid’ gets mentioned by most people, the Phalaenopsis or ‘Moth Orchid’ is the one that springs to mind. They are available from almost anywhere – supermarkets, garden centres, motorway…

Have you seen these beautiful botanical tarot cards?

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? There are some beautiful tarot cards out there, but I’ve never seen ones with such richly coloured, detailed botanical illustrations, like these! Kevin Jay Stanton is an artist living in London, whose love of plants influences his stunning illustrations. Here, he talks about his range of botanical…

6 reasons why gardening is good for the body and mind

Daniel Calvin is a writer at Healey Green, the home of DAKOTA garden machinery. Here, he writes about the benefits of gardening on your mental and physical health. Home gardens are often prized, their creative home owners taking great pride in their work. Those who work hard on their garden may be doing it to…

How I got into gardening, by Simon Mitchell

Our love of plants has to begin somewhere. For gardener Simon Mitchell, it began at work. Here he tells us about his gardening journey and how it helps him de-stress and get away from the hustle and bustle. As everyone knows by now, modern life is stressful. I work 60 to sometimes 90 hours a…

Accessible gardening, what’s it all about?

Niki Preston is a garden writer and product tester who regularly discusses her disability and how it plays a part in her gardening activities on her blog, The Two Fingered Gardener. Here, Niki gives her opinion on accessibility in gardens, and the delusions around accessible raised beds. As a disabled gardener I have written about…

5 tips for ‘brown thumbs’

Tahío Avila is an Architect and Landscape Designer who spends her time transforming gardens using beautiful, low-maintenance plants through her company Fresh Lemonade Gardens. Here, she guests posts about plant care for beginners. We all have had troubles keeping our plants alive; this is a very common thing. Maybe your best friend has always told…

Horti Mile High Club

We can find plants wherever we go. Whether it’s underwater, in a forest or even while trekking across a dessert, there’s a likelihood that you’ll spot some form of plant life along the way. But what about up a mountain, where the air is thinner, the temperatures colder, and it seems almost impossible for any…

Low-maintenance houseplants for beginners

Quite often, houseplants are the first route many people take to looking after plants – and you either end up loving it or hating it. Lee Cross guest posts about his experience being a first time plant owner, after a friend introduced him to Jade plants.  “Being cabin crew, I spend a lot of time…

A garden in close up

So often we take a step back to enjoy our gardens, viewing them from the distant point of a patio chair or even from inside. But how often do we take a closer look to appreciate the beauty of nature? Macro plant photography changes our perspective, and takes us into the fine details of a…