Researchers have discovered that good gut health starts with the soil – and that's why gardening is good for you
Our expert believes it's time to call out some commonly believed gardening myths as fiction, not fact
Painted lady butterflies are starting to arrive in the UK after an epic journey to get here
Ken Thompson tackles carrot fly, one of the peskiest pests known to gardeners – and comes up trumps in the end
Lockdown has provided some valuable lessons in the way that birds adapt to city life
Why is a clay soil always described as ‘heavy’? Spaces between its particles hold the key
Shepherd’s purse: One of the world's most common weeds is a fascinating gem – and it's in your garden
By hook or by crook, shepherd’s purse has found its way to all corners of the world
The nectar gap is critical in March, so make sure your garden is bee-friendly
New plants - new to science, that is - turn up all the time, but why does it take 160 years before we hear about them?
Sniffer dogs can detect explosives, drugs, even sick trees – but plants themselves could be modified to do the same
Is there an optimal time when weedkillers are most effective? Ken Thompson goes digging to find out
If a plant has pollen and berries, then surely it must flower? If it doesn’t, what is it? Ken Thompson investigates the evidence
The doctrine of signatures suggested fern ‘seeds’ could make you invisible, Ken Thompson explains why the news is "absolute nonsense"
One in three of all planted trees dies before its fifth birthday, and some planting schemes have had death rates of more than 90 per cent
We all know about holly and mistletoe, but the story of frankincense is sadly lacking in Christmas cheer
When a plant is knocked over, how does it recover? It all depends on symmetry, according to recent research
Ken Thompson reveals how plants adapted to freezing climates – and how to spot those that won’t survive
How do plants detect pollinators? Researchers in Israel have been trying to find out
How good are trees at slowing climate change? A lot depends on where they are planted...
Niger seed is great for attracting goldfinches, but it comes with exotic baggage
Our beloved ash trees have been living with a pandemic for several years, and it’s not Covid-19.
Eruca vesicaria subsp.sativa is best grown during the cooler spring and autumn months rather than the summer