Gardening

What is permaculture: Photos of a chicken in a mobile run, edible flowers, bees on a flowering edible plant and an insect hotel are combined in one image to symbolise how all those things can be combined to produce a productive and resilient agricultural system

What is permaculture?

  • K. M. Wade 
  • 3 min read

Permaculture is about productive and resilient systems inspired by natural ecosystems. The idea is to work with nature rather than trying to tame, control or subvert it.

Yellow flower from the sunflower family

What is a plant family?

  • K. M. Wade 
  • 3 min read

A plant family is a collection of closely related plants that share a set of common characteristics. Learn why they’re important in this short article

A tractor sprays many rows of crops with a pesticide - a text overlay says ‘are pesticides dangerous?’

Are pesticides really dangerous?

With so much conflicting information about pesticides readily available on the internet, I’m frequently asked ‘are pesticides really dangerous?’. Read this article if you want to know the answer.

A hose spraying water with a text overlay that says ‘when should you water your garden?’

When should you water your garden?

  • K. M. Wade 
  • 12 min read

 

All gardeners want to ensure their plants get the water they need but many of us worry about whether we have the optimal irrigation schedule. The best frequency at which you should water your garden is fairly uncontroversial, though it does depend on the plants you are growing and what stage they are at so it can be quite complicated to figure out. The time of day at which you should water your garden however, is a hotly contested topic and experienced gardeners often wonder this almost as frequently as beginner gardeners. I advocate for watering in the morning and I think you’ll agree that my reasoning and advice is sound.