Being a young female on the Internet

The blog title made you worry and start reading this, didn’t it… Three-quarters of women and girls expect abuse if they post an opinion about politics or current affairs online. People tell you to watch yourself online; be on your best behaviour if you’re going to ‘put yourself out there’. 55% of women suffer anxietyContinue reading “Being a young female on the Internet”

Favourite seeds for 2018

I have three medium sized vegetable beds. One of these is filled with strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, a gooseberry and dahlias; the other two are empty and ready for spring. Sorting through the seeds I’ve been hoarding over the past few months and I’ve found some that I am so excited to try and grow! ItContinue reading “Favourite seeds for 2018”

Can social media become your horticultural tutor?

Being self-employed means I work alone. It’s hard to experience new things/be exposed to new gardening techniques when I don’t have a traditional, real life, role model; so I’ve let the people I interact with on social media become mine. After a few years as a gardener, you find yourself beginning to repeat what you’veContinue reading “Can social media become your horticultural tutor?”

I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role

What type of person do you picture when you hear the occupation ‘gardener’ or ‘landscaper’? A middle-aged, well-built white man with a van who mows the lawn, cuts hedges and is very capable of doing jobs you can’t do yourself? What type of person do you picture when you hear ‘female gardener’? An older, white,Continue reading “I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role”

Front Gardens

Utilising space is hugely important when it’s limited. Front gardens are a wasted space that aren’t viewed as a ‘garden’ and only a driveway or place to put the bins. However, understandably, we need a place to park our cars; not all front gardens can be completely ‘green’. The simple solution is unimaginative. Front gardensContinue reading “Front Gardens”

GROW: Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are currently a ‘superfood’; they are rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. You can purchase them in supermarkets however they are quite expensive. They are also packaged in two layers of plastic; this puts me off buying them when I know I could grow my own. I purchased the seeds from Sarah Raven;Continue reading “GROW: Edamame Beans”

DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens

Gardens should be ugly beautiful; filled with life and movement. They should thrive off their imperfections and enhance the lives of birds, bugs, bees and yourself. When beginning my studies, I thought that gardens had to be pristine, that there shouldn’t be a weed in sight and that this was the ‘ideal’; any less thanContinue reading “DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens”

Diversity in horticulture: TV

“51% of 14-24 year olds watch a range of gardening programmes” “40% of 14-24 year olds watch Gardener’s World” Gardening is portrayed in the media as white, middle class, male dominated and ageist. If this form of media is critical for growth in horticulture then why are they enforcing the dull, traditional gardening stereotypes? TelevisionContinue reading “Diversity in horticulture: TV”