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Issue 47: UK & Ireland

Piecing it Together

Who doesn’t want to improve their gardening game? We asked some of our writers to share their top growing tips, and they delivered. The topics are varied, from Av Singh offering advice on putting garden beds to sleep in the Autumn to Anne Gibson explaining how to balance soil pH. A green thumb often isn’t enough when creating the perfect environment for your plants. Making informed decisions comes from experience and knowledge.  

We are pleased to introduce Martin Osis and Xavi Kief; they will cover the magical world of mushrooms. In 2019, Paul Stamets opened the world’s eyes to the importance of the mushroom kingdom in his documentary film, Fantastic Fungi. There is so much to learn! The relationship between fungi, plants and our planet is undeniable. The healthiest soils are teaming with life. A better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi can make you a better grower. If you decide to grow them yourself and eat them, you will be a healthier person. A win, win.

Last but not least, another edition of The Great UK Hydro Store Survey gives a brief overview of what is going on in the UK market from the perspective of progressive grow shops. Which products or companies are on the way up or out? It is an ever-evolving world, but gardening is certainly here to stay!

In this issue

Chloe Winters

Galway, Ireland

Garden therapy is real, just ask Chloe Winters. She jumped head first into the world of gardening after her beloved dog passed, and hasn’t looked back since.

Chris Wiley

Ipswitch, Suffolk, UK

Chris Wiley comes from a long line of gardeners and has every intention of keeping the tradition alive. He grows his plants for flower shows and seed production!

5 Cool Ways Gardening Experts Harvest Their Plants

Our garden crops are nearing harvest! How do you want to gather and preserve your homegrown produce? Here, the experts weigh in with some tips and tricks.

How a Topdressing of Easily Accessible Mycelium Can Raise Your Growing Game

Whether you're growing indoors or out, in containers or the ground, topdressing your garden with mycelium will up your growing game! Xavi Kief explains.

Hannah Reid

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Hannah Reid, AKA Ginger Grows, is all about growing organic produce and working with the environment. She hopes to inspire others to follow suit.

Thomas Skinner

Edenbridge, Kent, UK

Thomas Skinner loves growing carnivorous plants. He specialises in Sarracenia, an interesting species that snacks on hundreds of bugs a week. Bon appetit!

Saving Your Harvest For Later: Water Activity And Food Preservation

It’s peak harvest season; time to talk food preservation! Dr. Callie Seaman discusses a technique that has revolutionized food safety.

Sugar, Sugar… The Truth Behind Simple Carb Supplements

Maple syrup in the garden? For centuries, natural farming techniques have incorporated natural sugar sources into growing. But why? Av Singh explains.

Top 5 Growing Tips To Boost Your Indoor Garden Game

Boost Your Indoor Growing Game With These Tips And Tricks

Garden Reflections: Words Of Wisdom To Help Plan Your Next Outdoor Grow

Garden Reflections: Words Of Wisdom To Help Plan Your Next Outdoor Grow