Your December Plant Geek magazine is here!

WELCOME to the first new look Plant Geek magazine, featuring new colours in Poinsettia, winter flowers for bees, plastic-free gardening, our Plant of the Month, and lots more!   The centre button can make the magazine full screen and larger for you to read. Use the arrows to turn the pages forwards or backwards. On…

Heavenly herbs from seed to scoffin’ ‘em

If you’re starting to ‘grow your own’, herbs are a great place to begin! In May 2014, aged 8, George was crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s competition. In October 2015, George was made the first RHS Young Ambassador in order to inspire other children to…

How to live off your own garden

November is World Vegan Month, and if you’re already vegan, on your way to becoming vegan or trying out a vegan diet, growing your own produce makes veganism so much easier. There are so many other benefits to growing your own produce, including: Saving money Engaging in a new hobby Understanding more about how food…

Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

Grow your own herbal teas in the kitchen

If you’re a coffee fiend like me, you may find that you get carried away with the brown stuff, and find yourself sitting bolt upright in a caffeine-crazed trance by noon. Avoid that, and an over-enthusiastic and less than healthy heart-rate, by opting for herbal tea instead! However, I’m not suggesting you fool around with tea…

Watch me grow

When you have children, teaching them to grow their own food is a wonderful thing, as we’ve seen previously in a post from from guest blogger Richard Chivers! Luckily, there are many suitable plants for kids to grow into delicious veg. Read on to find out more… Today’s guest blogger is Gemma Hall. Gemma writes as…

Why homegrown is best

Want to get fit? Grow your own! Homegrown vegetables are nutritious, healthy and surprisingly easy to produce yourself! Why choose homegrown vegetables? The arrival of brighter spring days often signals the end of our winter stew dependence, as our tastebuds suddenly crave lighter, healthier fare. There’s only so much bad food a body can take…

5 benefits of having an allotment

Allotments are old. The arrangement of allotments we recognise today has its roots in the 19th Century, when land was provided to the poor for the provision of growing food. Despite this fact, they are incredibly valuable for our modern life. Luckily, we are not having to dig for victory as our grandparents did during…

How to 3D carve your own pumpkin!

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become an annual event, being scribbled onto the calendar alongside the December Christmas Tree hunt, and June strawberry picking trip! But once you’ve got your pumpkin, what will you carve? Why not try something a little more ambitious this year? Expert 3D pumpkin carver, Simon McMinnis, has put…

5 things to do with a 22 pound, record-breaking carrot!

Have you heard about the 22 pound carrot unearthed by Minnesota gardener, Chris Qualley? The orange tangled mess has actually landed him into the Guinness World Records! Chris Qualley had grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at an eye-watering 22.4 pounds (10.1kg)! The previous record holder is Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, in the UK,…

Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…

Are you the UK’s best amateur gardener?

Summer’s over, but there’s no need to feel blue. Not when there’s a chance to win up to £350 in vouchers to spend on your garden! So, now is the time to show us what you’ve been up to in the garden this summer! Wilko, the UK’s home and garden retailer, is looking for green…