Issue 56: UK & Ireland

The Gift of Gardening Mistakes

If there is a gardening subject I am familiar with, it’s learning from my mistakes. I have been gardening indoors for the past 20 years. I have read many books, articles, blogs, and magazines and watched or listened to countless YouTube videos, movies, and podcasts. Still, I am far from knowing it all. As many colleagues have stated, the more I learn, the less I know. Don’t get me wrong, I have learned so much and have a good handle on my work — until something goes wrong. Like people, all plants are different, even within the same family. 

Once you master the basic principles of indoor gardening, that is often where the real learning begins. Having a “green thumb” means you can listen to and understand what a plant needs just by looking at it. But what that plant is trying to tell you may not always be clear, or with some varieties, you don’t speak their language and can’t figure it out. 

When asked to write about some of the most common problems and solutions they have encountered over the years, Dr. Av Singh and Dr. Colin Bell wrote similar articles. What they both discovered about themselves was that what they thought they knew about growing was not so straightforward, and their experiences with the plants themselves have taught them as much as their PhDs have. 

Learning from our mistakes and correcting our approaches and actions to become happier or better humans is one of the fundamentals of personal evolution. It equally applies to becoming a better gardener. Everest Fernandez says it perfectly in his article “Gardening Mistakes Are a Gift to Your Future.” This edition also features many tips for identifying problems and avoiding common growing mistakes, along with some inspiring ideas for your next garden ventures.

Plants, like children, are not something we control but need to nurture and learn from. Adopting this ideology is the best way to improve your gardening game.

Happy Growing


In this issue

The Forest Ridge Project

Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Sherel and Dunc are passionate about nature, adventure, and spreading kindness. They started Moonfull, a venture dedicated to sharing Nature’s bounty.


Manchester, United Kingdom

The world’s craving for gourmet mushrooms and widespread interest in health and veggie cultivation sparked Manchester’s Polyspore into action!

Quick And Easy Ways To Identify, Prevent, and Solve Problems in the Garden

Growing a garden is fun but always comes with a few challenges. Here are some easy ways to identify, prevent, and solve common growing problems.

Gardening Mistakes Are a Gift to Your Future

Garden mistakes are frustrating, but it’s not all bad. Everest Fernandez writes about his biggest garden gaffes and how they made him a better grower.

Confessions of a UK Hydro Store – Slims Place

Slims Place is an innovative grow shop in London. It offers a wide variety of growing products and advice at no extra cost!