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Do gardening blogs give bad advice?

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It’s not often I feel personally slighted by something on the radio, but, like super blogger Veg Plotting, I was a bit stung by last week’s comments by gardening expert Pippa Greenwood about know-nothing gardening bloggers. (In answer to a question about bloggers identifying pests and diseases, Pippa said, “I’m always very wary of information on blogging websites, because half of it’s bunkum, and it’s quite obvious that people don’t know what they’re identifying.”)

As VP has already so ably argued, expert gardeners like the Gardener’s Question Time Panel and other celebrity gardeners have been known to give misguided advice or undertake drastically wrong gardening practices. So even if bad guidance were rife among gardening blogs, they would by no means be the only guilty parties.

But my own experience is that gardening blogs don’t give bad advice. Most I writers I read — from gardening journalists like Lia and Jane to well-spoken enthusiasts like Jean and Lisa — publish blogs that are journals of what works and what doesn’t in their own gardens, which helps me avoid mistakes. Even more helpfully, the best gardening blogs are chronicles about the gardener’s relationship with his or her outside space. Although many writers start their blog believing they’ll be giving out advice, many find their posts end up being more searching, more philosophical, and that’s what I love about the blogs I follow.

When advice is doled out, I’m comforted to see it’s usually based on first-hand experience. The comment stream that follows blog posts entails fruitful chats among readers, and authors are happy to stand corrected if a reader points out an error, an omission, or indeed a misidentification of a pest or disease. It’s this conversation which makes blogs live and breathe, and which has made me get over my initial journalist’s suspicion of the medium.

As a journalist myself, I was a blog denier for many years, seeing blogs as nothing better than a mob’s mouthpiece, accuracy optional. In journalism school we revered facts and were trained to question everything we heard (“If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out,” my professor told me). When blogs rolled around, it pained me to see unsubstantiated rumour and opinion being elevated to the same level as proper journalism. I’ve gotten over it. Blog dross falls to the bottom, quality rises, and the chance blogs offer to discuss and interact is worth the occasional mistake.

I wonder if the comments by Pippa Greenwood — who, I must say, is my favorite GQT panelist, with tremendous knowledge and a great skill for drawing pictures on radio — were motivated by a similar, deeply held suspicion of the blogosphere.

So can you trust the advice you read on gardening blogs? Always consider your own climate, soil type and other environmental factors (exposed? shady?) before applying the advice you hear online — that’s just sensible, and most avid gardeners would do this instinctively. The real threat I see to anyone seeking advice online — on anything from horticulture to medical conditions, child development to business marketing — isn’t blogs per se, but rather the nonsense topical content which only exists in order to provide search engine visibility for a website.

I know you’ve come across this kind of thing, stuffed with keywords designed to make Google sit up and take notice. “The thing about gardening with roses is that roses, when they’re in your garden, bring the scent of roses into your garden all summer long. There’s no doubt that, if you grow roses in your garden, bringing them into a house is also a great way to bring the scent of the garden into your home with roses.”

When looking for your answers, use common sense, get a second opinion if you’re very worried, or consult expert panels like GQT or or the immensely helpful Facebook pages connected to other radio shows, like BBC Radio Leeds Gardening with Tim and Joe or KUOW Seattle’s Greendays gardening panel. These guys know what they’re talking about, and you might even get your question read on air.

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“Do gardening blogs give bad advice?”

  1. On October 1st, 2010 at 10:00 pm Lia Leendertz Says:

    Realy well said, Sheila. I missed this GQT but I do think it is so easy to dismiss blogs when you dont know them. I dont think there are many genuine blogs that are written in a ‘I am the expert, listen to me’ sort of way. Most invite comment and debate and that is what makes them exciting.
    Thanks for the nod, much appreciated.

  2. On October 1st, 2010 at 10:04 pm Nick Mann Says:

    I do think there’s a fair bit of iffy stuff on Twitter, but haven’t seen it so much on blogs – as you say, the weaker ones seem to disappear, although some of the good ones don’t seem to attract much attention either- perhaps it’s because – like me – the authors don’t understand/go for the SEO thing. On the wildlife gardening front, for example, I’ve learnt an enormous amount from blogs like http://thegardenpondblog.org.uk/ which are MORE accurate and informative than the “traditional” alternatives.

  3. On October 1st, 2010 at 10:12 pm Helen/patientgarden Says:

    I avoid giving advice on my blog per se but use it to record my successes and failures. I tend to turn to my blog friends for advice more than I do programmes like GQT because half the time the panellists seem to disagree with each other so how am I supposed to know which to trust.

    I think some journalists, including gardening, see the growing blogasphere as a threat to their livelihood. I also think that there are ‘professional bloggers’ who look down on us mere mortals who blog for our own pleasure rather than for a newspaper or TV programme.

    You are also right that there is a lot of dross out there fuelled through advertising and key words which dilutes the quality of the good advice which is available

  4. On October 1st, 2010 at 10:13 pm VP Says:

    Well said and thanks for the mention 🙂 As for being a super blogger you’re too kind!

    I know it’s not online, but the RHS advice service is extremely good for getting things checked out and I use their website as one of my first choices for my links. Not only is it sound, it’s not a commercially biased site.

    Thanks too for introducing me to some blogs I hadn’t come across before.

  5. On October 2nd, 2010 at 12:25 am allanbecker-gardenguru Says:

    It must be hurtful to previously-prominent garden advisers to now have to share the spotlight with uncredentialed garden bloggers from around the world, whose opinions fly unsolicited through cyberspace with such abundance.

  6. On October 2nd, 2010 at 2:35 am Jean Says:

    Sheila, I really appreciated these thoughtful comments. I think blogging has simultaneously made me more knowledgeable about gardening (both from reading other blogs and from the research I often do before I write) and more humble about what I don’t know. I think your point is well taken that misinformation in blogs tends to get corrected very quickly, and most bloggers are very quick to accept superior knowledge from others and to correct errors.

  7. On October 2nd, 2010 at 4:28 pm Anne Wareham Says:

    This is absurd!! What makes anyone think they can rely on the ‘garden experts’ in the other media – journalists and the like?!

    The joy of blogs is that people are more likely to speak out of real personal experience, with everyone clear that that’s what it is, than what they were once taught. And which, of course, cannot be universally applied..

    And didn’t PW deplore straight lines in gardens? What kind of ‘expert’ is she on garden design??

    Blogging is confronting the garden world in its blandness, untruths and waffle and more strength to the bloggers, I say. Let’s start asking who our so say ‘experts’ are and what garden skills and knowledge they really have to offer.

  8. On October 2nd, 2010 at 4:39 pm Pip Howard Says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with your comments – I have to say as coming from within the industry I have heard more than a few pieces of apparently sage advice on GQT of late and question their role in the modern drive and future of gardening – as I wrote on the LJN after the appleby’s silly comments – http://www.landscapejuicenetwork.com/profiles/blogs/the-potential-threat-to-the .

    In my opinion the plethora of bloggers provide all of us with an insight into each others terrain, being able to view experiments by others and reading diaries on changing circumstances is a threat to traditional gardening media as it is simply a better way forward.

  9. On October 2nd, 2010 at 11:46 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Lia, Nick. — thanks for that. it is easy for the uninformed to look down on blogs precisely because too many good ones are unknown. Good thing we have each other to steer us to the good stuff. I am going to check out that pond one for winterising guidance on my tiny puddle.

    Helen — it will be a sad day if all pro bloggers get snooty. I think of the commenting public as those two grumpy old men in the Muppet Show audience. The merciless honesty of commenters will squash any bloggier-than-thou attitudes, I should think!

    VP — do have a listen to the Seattle podcast as well…it is so fascinating to hear the different problems and sometimes strikingly different attitudes of the US gardeners.

  10. On October 3rd, 2010 at 12:04 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Allan, Pip — threatened is surely an emotion that pro garden media may be experiencing; but imitation is flattery and media/ columnists with no blog these days are feeling and relenting to pressure to start blogging. But passion for blogging itself is the internal combustion that makes the thing work. You can’t fake that.

    Jean — check out Veg Plotting if you haven’t already. You and VP remind me somewhat of each other…lots of depth and thought. And cross references. The research shows!

    Anne — thanks for that. Do you think standard garden media are dying? Many big names do have fabulous knowledge, and I have such affection for those like Toby, partly for the tips, but also because he is twinkly. And as I still rather pathetically want but don’t have other gardeners in my life to visit my garden, I like having him in my living room.

  11. On October 3rd, 2010 at 8:27 am VP Says:

    Having seen all your great comments come in via email, I’ve just popped in to say I’m updating my piece on my blog with a link to yours as it complements mine so well.

    I believe the US Garden Bloggers get together is in Seattle next year which I’m tempted to save up my pennies and attend, so I’ll definitely check out the Seattle podcast.

    Picking up on Helen’s remarks, I was very surprised in my early blogging days to find that many readers regard me as an expert simply because I write on the subject. Even though we may think we don’t give advice just the simple act of saying we’ve done a particular task or chosen a certain plant can and will be construed as advice. And working things out for ourselves is highly regarded in the blogosphere at least.

    I also love that blogging has opened up writing to such a broad spectrum of people in the garden industry. There’s a broad sprinkling of ‘garden personalities’ and journalists (some of whom are my role models) but it’s great that there’s room for all kinds such as designers, public sector workers, garden maintainers, plant breeders, suppliers and simple gardeners like me all united by a love of what they do and the need to communicate it in some shape or form. For many they’re doing it for themselves and any readership comes as a surprise bonus.

    NB I see the BBC has revamped their gardening pages and started a new blog on the same date as this piece was published!

  12. On October 3rd, 2010 at 8:30 am VP Says:

    PS I also find with the more I do, research and write about gardening, comes the realisation of the vastness of what isn’t known!

  13. On October 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    VP – Thanks for linking to this; your original post got me thinking so hard I thought there was too much to put into a comment on your post, so I had hoped you wouldn’t mind that I took up the same topic. I saw the new BBC Gardening blog this morning & posted a comment asking a bit gently about what its view is on other blogs; it would be great to hear something positive, especially as they clearly want to be an established part of garden blogging and have carefully thought out their strategy.

    Personally I think it’s great that gardening is almost an unknowable science/art…the variables we contend with our own little terroirs (as Pip says in the referenced blog post above) are so numerous that it can take a lifetime just to begin to finesse the different areas within one’s own garden.

  14. On October 3rd, 2010 at 10:39 pm Claire, Plantpassion Says:

    interesting post (and VP’s too)- I set up my blog to give advice, – but it was only ever originally intended for my clients in Surrey. – It was a way of documenting the answers that I was giving out more than once! – I’ve found that it’s changed into more a what i’ve done, and what i’ve found out type piece, and I love that I can ask questions when I don’t know – and i’m always amazed that I get hits from all over the world. I’ve loved reading all the blogs i’ve found, and learning how people garden differently from me, and havn’t come across any “bad” advice, – but maybe i’m just picky about what blogs I read, – after all I like it when someone has taken the time and trouble to take pictures in their garden and write about them,and not just make a paragraph about roses – (nice example!)

  15. On October 4th, 2010 at 9:30 pm Mark Willis Says:

    Well said! some wise words for us all. I think many of us bloggers do not even set out to offer “advice”. As you say, they mostly just derive pleasure from describing and sharing their own experiences, and their audience is people with similar interests. On the other hand, when the professionals appear in front of us on TV or radio, we expect THEM to get their facts right! Don’t you just hate the way that some of them appear to talk down on the amateurs? Perhaps we should remind them that without us — their audience- they wouldn’t have a job…

  16. On October 5th, 2010 at 9:27 am Catharine Howard Says:

    Well said! I have just come across your peice on gardening blogs and do they misinform. I think the dreaded word blog is a major turnoff and those who have not jumped in, don’t have the time or inclination to look will default to thinking that all are cranky. By contrast we learn it is a treasure chest of information and images and humane sharing. Correct too about GQT and fantasy garden makeovers on TV do far more damage.

  17. On October 8th, 2010 at 4:56 pm ProfessorRoush Says:

    What a great post! I agree with another comment here that sometimes, the “experts” don’t realize that they don’t know nearly as much as they think…as a professor and small animal surgeon, I can tell tell you that it’s the same way in veterinary medicine as it is in gardening. Much of it is still “art”, not “science”, though some would like to believe otherwise.

    I’ll be subscribing here and looking forward to more of your posts!

  18. On October 12th, 2010 at 5:35 am ChickenFreak Says:

    Advice? Advice? I don’t give advice. I burble in an erratic and disorganized manner about my garden. Anyone who takes my blog as advice isn’t paying attention.

    It strikes me as odd that anyone would even assume that folks writing about gardening are primarily advice-givers, much less advice-givers that should have professional expertise, and should be shushed if they don’t have that expertise. Sure, there’s room for highly technical information, but I wouldn’t say that that’s the majority of what gardening is about, any more than that’s the majority of what, for example, cooking and eating are about.

    I don’t think that you’d see someone arguing that the enthusiastic amateur cook who recommends throwing some pecans into a recipe, or who delights in setting a fancy table of mismatched vintage china, should keep quiet due to lack of expertise. (Though, well, maybe you would; I haven’t read a lot about food blogging.) I don’t see gardening as being fundamentally different.

  19. On October 12th, 2010 at 2:06 pm Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    I learned a long time ago (during the invasion of Grenada) not to trust everything (anything?) from the mainstream media. By the same token, any information from any source should be taken with a grain of salt as it is the product of a human mind, which is fallible. The advice and inofrmation on garden blogs is no less reliable than the experts’ advice, but it is dependent on the situation and conditions. Taking that into account, the information on garden blogs is arguably more accurate than the generalist advice and information from “reliable” sources.

  20. On October 12th, 2010 at 3:04 pm Ginny Says:

    Very well said! I blog to share the experience, not advice. This section of your post sums it up for me: “Even more helpfully, the best gardening blogs are chronicles about the gardener’s relationship with his or her outside space. Although many writers start their blog believing they’ll be giving out advice, many find their posts end up being more searching, more philosophical, and that’s what I love about the blogs I follow.”
    I didn’t start out believing I’d give advice – when I started out I NEEDED advice. But I did start out primarily to record my own journey.

  21. On October 13th, 2010 at 4:11 am jodi (bloomingwriter) Says:

    I’m a wee bit late to this discussion, both because of the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, and because I’m working on my book manuscript. I left a long screed at Allan Becker’s site, but I was impressed with the intelligence of the original post here and the subsequent comments, and thought I’d toss in my ‘across the pond’ observations.

    I’m a professional writer, and I write a lot about gardening in my paid work. That said, I’m not an expert, but I am experienced in the quirks of growing in my region. My garden is huge, boisterous, testing everything from the newest hybrids to natives to old faithful heritage plants. I do know a lot about plants but you know how it is–the more you know, the more you know that you don’t know. And the joyful thing about gardening and plants is that there is ALWAYS something more to learn. Just keeping up even slightly with the plethora of new plant varieties is enough to marinate the mind.

    For nearly five years I’ve been keeping my blog for the same reason as I do the free newsletter that I email out sporadically–as a way to give-back to other gardeners who I learn from, to share my experiences, poke fun at myself, and encourage others to try gardening or to try something new they haven’t done before with plants and planting. I don’t receive any remuneration for doing either of these things, and I actually promote other gardeners who I DO consider expert (their workshops, businesses, etc) as well as assorted nurseries and related businesses. I also teach writing workshops and am delighted when one of my students or a fellow blogger I’ve mentored and encouraged get an actual paid gig. I’m not threatened by any of these things. I have plenty of work to do, and my work is respected because it is well researched.

    I would never consider my blog an advice site–I do spotlight plants, and encourage others to garden with pollinators in mind, to garden as organically as they can, but also just to have fun.

    There IS a problem in the web-world of gardening–being sites that either toss up hastily written ‘content’ by some third world hack being paid pennies per article, or else that skim posts from legitimate sites and regurgitate them. Those are the ones with a gazillion google ads on them, and are obviously all about making money off unwitting readers. Unfortunately, some of these sites, at least temporarily, get very high Google ranking due to their SEO (search engine optimization) and so if you were to Google a plant name or gardening term, you’d find these sites at the top of the heap. THOSE are the ones to be chary of, not Bess from three provinces over writing about the funny bug on her roses or Joe from down the road writing about how to make compost.

    I love that I can post a ‘What the heck is THIS” photo on my blog and usually have an answer within a few hours; a correct answer, too. It’s a big community and a great one, the gardening community. Except for the self-important experts who feel threatened, and the illegitimate ‘experts who are anything but.

  22. On October 26th, 2010 at 11:30 am Garden Much Says:

    Blogs often aim to start a conversation while older news sources such papers and tv are mostly one-way communication. For the latter I think some (most?) people will consider the information that is being distributed to be true – after all they don’t hear from the readers or viewers who happend to know it’s false. Information posted on blogs may not always get due dilligence yet there is a honesty to a media where the readers can join the conversation – papers and tv don’t offer that. In my opinion if you wan’t to stay informed here in life but don’t wan’t to go down the arduous path of studying nature on a scientific level, then your best bet is to read as many and diverse sources of information rather than putting all your trust in one source of information.

  23. On December 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am Apology Flowers Says:

    Anything anyone puts in their gardening blogs is seen as advice to me because I am such a novice. 6-8 months ago I struggled to keep an orchid alive that my mother in law bought me! Now I am growing plants and veg! So thanks to everyone who blogs! 🙂

  24. On December 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm Fay Says:

    I think the ability to blog about gardening (among other things) is a clear indication of someones passion and willingness to learn/share their own gardening with other folk – in these days of ‘online’ community – it gives a sense of being able to be ‘out there’ with a group of fellow plant-heads and enthuse each other – to save our often less than enthusiastic families from having to endure yet another photo of the garden. Alot of people I know that are gardeners are far flung over the UK – and whilst its nice to get together with a local group if you’ve got one – if you’ve not the internet and blogging gives a chance to connect to folk with similar ideals/interests and experience to share.

    For my own experience – anything I read in a book/online I have to tweak anyway – autumn colour, I’d love some, winter bedding – wouldnt that be wonderful – but where I live I can’t do alot of the ‘normal’ gardening – like anyone my own gardening has to be tweaked according to what I can do in my own available space in my own climate. I get to experience the wonder of some of these things via other blogs – makes me feel a bit less short-changed when I can’t witness things like autumn colour etc myself!

    I think media is certainly changing – no longer are the ‘experts’ the only source of learning or place we go for advice anyway – for an non-garden example (if you’ll let me) when I’m making a cake I’ll often ‘google’ it first to see what there is out there in the cloud. That advice can come from bloggers, the bbc, various celeb chefs and a whole plethera of other sites. I do have alot of reference books for plants and gardening etc – but the whole idea of being able to peek at what someone else is upto – is quite frankly vibrant – all at the click of a button – you’re instantly transported off around the globe to goggle at other folks attempts at things.

    It’s refreshing, its interesting both reading and writing about gardening yourself – it makes you think hard about what you’re doing and why – the things you’ve got right and the things you won’t do again – I like the conversational aspect of it too. Diversity surely must prevail? If anyone wants a peek over my garden fence I’ll be making them a cuppa.

    Interesting to see that there is now a BBC garden blog!

    Garden much is right – why put your all of your trowels just in one trug?

  25. On December 13th, 2010 at 8:53 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Hi Fay,

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I can’t imagine what it must be like to garden in the Orkneys! I’m like you, Google is the first step whenever I need advice on anything, whether it’s fairy cakes or germinating tree seeds. You mention that media is changing; that’s been very much in my mind since they announced that poor old Toby Buckland is out on Gardeners World; I imagine television has a hard time figuring out how to speak to millions of gardeners in a way that makes sense. Personally it took me a bit of time to warm to him but I thought he was doing a great job and I thought they had struck the right tone, for example having bulb expert Anna Pavord doing that recent special about tulips. Gardeners get their information from so many sources now, including subject-specific blogs as well as magazines and TV and radio; I wouldn’t know where to begin if I were putting together a television show that is supposed to speak to everybody.

    Blogging for me is a way to figure out how I feel about my outside space — very much an intellectual journey as well as a practical exploration of what works. I’ll be taking a look at your blog; my mother-in-law has an exposed seaside plot and I bet you have some ideas!

    – Sheila

  26. On February 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 pm GardenNut Says:

    I think that blogs should be treated in much the same way as any other information – people need to gather as much information as possible so they can make an informed decision.

    It’s no good to blindly follow the opinion of an “expert” without taking into account what you know about your own soil, garden situation etc – unless, that is, they’re visiting your garden and can see exactly what the problem is.

    Blogging is a way of finding out – sharing knowledge and we can all learn from what other people have done in similar situations. And as has been said – the poor quality ones tend to fall by the wayside anyway.

  27. On February 22nd, 2011 at 7:54 am Sarah Cowell Says:

    Very interesting debate, well stimulated! I’d go even further to say that the experts have been authoritatively giving misleading advice for years and then have the brass neck to do a volte face and promote the opposite view without so much as a blush. I’m talking of course about chemical versus organic gardening. That’s not to say I don’t respect the vast knowledge and expertise of gardeners like Pippa Greenwood, I do, but expertise doesn’t necessarily lead to ‘correct’ advice. We have to be discerning with all advice, blogger or professor.

  28. On February 28th, 2011 at 11:20 pm The Stopwatch Gardener | A gardening blog for time-poor plant fanatics » Blog Archive » A good gardening podcast is hard to find Says:

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  29. On April 8th, 2011 at 6:20 pm Lin Says:

    I tend to agree – as a professional gardener myself (And just getting into the world of blogging) I take great pride in the accuracy and relevance of the information on my site. Whilst there is no absolute rights or wrongs in the gardening world it is possible to identify conflicting advice from a number of the “experts”

  30. On April 8th, 2011 at 8:14 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Hi Lin

    It didn’t take me long to detect that gardening media gave conflicting advice…so confusing for people like me, starting out. I learned much from reading, but more from doing, failing and doing again.

  31. On April 8th, 2011 at 10:18 pm GardenNut Says:

    Thing is, that some things work in some areas and at certain times and others find that something else works – gardening is an art, not a science so we sometimes have to take advice and see if it works for us. If not, find something else to try.

  32. On June 5th, 2011 at 3:58 pm sarah Says:

    There’s so many gardening blogs out there though, that I am sure most people read several before making their minds up on a course of action. There’s also a huge range of videos out there that make some gardening techniques easier to understand.

  33. On June 7th, 2011 at 9:38 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    thank you Sarah — I think you’re right, people don’t read a single blog and then decide what to do, they “shop” around.

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  35. On July 14th, 2011 at 9:16 am The Enduring Gardener Says:

    I agree with Sarah and Sheila. This sounds akin to the ‘hedgehog and the fox’. Hedgehogs view the world through the lens of a single defining idea whilst foxes draw on a wide variety of experiences. For the fox the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea. We’re more like foxes who can dip into as many gardening blogs as we like with the click of a mouse.

    PS – Call me a child but I often focus my attention and get my ideas from pictures on blogs rather than the copy. I do the same when looking around a garden.

  36. On July 18th, 2011 at 5:03 pm Gary Says:

    I would have to say that garden blogs do not give bad advice. At least that was my own personal experience. For years I was buying Basil in pots and watching it wilt, however I found a blog that showed me the way 🙂

    I was totally underestimating the amount of water I should be giving it.

  37. On October 7th, 2011 at 11:04 am dean Says:

    For every question that i have ever needed an answer to its always been answered by me reading through gardening blogs. The advice given has always got me out of trouble when i have been doing some thing wrong.

  38. On November 22nd, 2011 at 4:48 pm phil Says:

    There are so many gardening blogs that some are bound to be a bit wide of the mark – the main thing is that everyone is having a go and that’s the best way to learn surely?

  39. On December 2nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm Kath Wright Says:

    Well, I agree with phil, but I also agree with the original article (not that you two are explicitly disagreeing, but there is a certain amount of mismatch there).

    There are a lot of gardening blogs, and hardly ANY of them are wide of the mark. To find the few that are just wrong-headed, you have to be a bit technologically illiterate, searching for blogs in places which everyone else already knows, or at least can quickly tell, are hives of scum and villainy.

    ‘Celebrity’ gardeners are often just out of touch with so much of modern life, and indeed modern gardening.

  40. On March 20th, 2012 at 2:52 am Jackie sons Says:

    I think that gardening blogs can give good advice if the writer has a clue about the subject. However alot of tips to gardening are self explanitory. Also, blogs can be very helpful if a person has never had any experience in the area. Gardening is not just about growing vegetables but can also be growing beautiful perennnials or ferns. Make sure the source is correct before taking any advice.

  41. On May 7th, 2013 at 8:21 am rajesh Says:

    The gardening are the most unappealing and boring part of the Chelsea Show. In the main they bear no resemblance to a real British flower and I certainly wouldn’t want any of them as my garden. In fact most are so pretentious and awful that they belong at the Tate Modern rather than at a gardening show.

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