How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden

Urban dwellers yearn for 'Good Life' allotments

Scientists estimate "lost allotments" in the UK could have provided 6% of the population with their "five-a-day" diet.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
June 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: urban-planning gardening

City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.

Sue Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change soil microbes compost methane food-waste soil-carbon seattle gardening san-francisco social-justice equity landfills

It’s tough to get seeds, but you can garden with scraps

Can you garden without seeds? And how about regrowing veggies from scraps? Here are answers and resources.

NC State • futurity
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food plants vegetables gardening science-and-technology

Coronavirus lockdown: Can nature help improve our mood?

How the outside world can be good for body and mind - with expert tips on making the most of it.

By Emily Kasriel • bbcnews
May 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health nature gardening coronavirus-lockdown-measures outdoor-activities

Top ten garden pests and diseases revealed

The box tree caterpillar comes top of the list of gardeners' concerns for the third year in a row.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 12, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: nature gardening

Are your houseplants bad for the environment?

Gardeners, botanists and environmental campaigners share ways to keep your horticultural hobby sustainable

By Hazel Shearing • bbcnews
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: wellbeing instagram gardening

Biodiversity: The best plants for attracting insects to gardens

With insect populations in decline, a study shows how gardens can support beetles, spiders and the like.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Dec. 7, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: environment insects spiders gardening

Herbal history: Five garden plants with a hidden past

Many of our best loved garden plants are there because they were once recommended to heal the sick.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Feb. 9, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: gardening

Revealed: The secret of the poet's daffodil

The DNA secrets of a flower thought to have inspired a Greek legend have been cracked by scientists.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Nov. 5, 2018 ~2 min

Tags: gardening

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