Learn to garden with Mike. #GardeningMadeEasy

Over the past fifteen weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, I have shared my garden, live, every Friday morning on Instagram. My ‘Weekly Wander‘ has allowed me to showcase my garden as it has grown away and burgeoned through the season. Every week an enthusiastic gathering of gardeners (is there a collective noun for lots of gardeners?) has tuned in and watched my garden’s progress. Along the way (he said, avoiding the much overused word ‘journey’) trug-loads of gardening questions have been put to me.

Mike’s ‘Weekly Wander’ – Week 14

Watch Mike’s ‘Weekly Wander’ – Week 14 by clicking this link.

It occurred to me that there are many, many aspiring amateur gardeners out there. Gardeners who want a beautiful green space of their own, no matter what the size. Whilst I trained professionally as a gardener, I clearly remember my very early days of making mistakes (and there were many), muddling through and trying to do my best. It was hugely frustrating at times. Things were different in those dark, ‘Neanderthal’ days (yes, I really am THAT old). There was no Instagram. There was no easily accessible community of gardeners on Facebook. I had Alan Titchmarsh in my lounge on a Friday evening for half an hour, but he seemed not to notice that I had my own specific questions, individual concerns and associated problems.

And so I am introducing #GardeningMadeEasy.

My idea is not rocket science, it’s been done before in various guises, I suspect. #GardeningMadeEasy is about sharing my love, passion and knowledge of gardening and plants with others. I certainly don’t know it all, but I know a fair amount and I love chatting (as you will have noticed) and sharing that knowledge with fellow gardeners.

Whether you are a complete newbie to gardening or looking to increase your existing gardening knowledge and skills I will be here to help.

#GardeningMadeEasy will be driven by the gardening jobs that need to be done right now to help your garden, your pots, containers and hanging baskets flourish. There will be:

  • Easy to follow, live Instagram demos and talks with the experts
  • Helpful IGTV videos, and
  • Plain English blog posts

I will aim to demonstrate, explain and de-mystify some of the gardening basics and some of the more complex tasks that budding amateurs will want to strive to achieve.

Amongst MANY gardening topics I will explain:

  • Confusing gardening terminology
  • Different composts and soil improvers and when & how to use them
  • How and when to feed and fertilise plants
  • Pruning and propagation
  • Pests & diseases and how to use them effectively.

I’ll also be lifting the lid on some garden design tricks of the trade, which you can use in your green patch.

I’ll not be able to cover everything, of course, but you’ll be able to message me with any problems you are struggling with.

If this is something that will be of interest to you, please SUBSCRIBE to my blog (www.mike-palmer.com) and my Instagram feed (@mikepalmer01) to see all details of live demos and talks, IGTV videos and blog posts and SHARE with all of your gardening family and friends.

Thank you.


Grazers Product Review (including exclusive 15% discount*)

1881F802-6C85-458B-BBC9-9BDB28A193E6Admittedly, ‘Licence to deter‘ doesn’t have quite the same resonance as the title of the 1989 James Bond flick ‘Licence to kill’. However, to an increasingly growing population of environmentally sympathetic gardeners, use of the word ‘deter’ is music to their ears.

For far too many years, I have spent numerous hours crouched in my borders, in the still of the night, torch in hand, seeking out the stealthy slugs and snails drawn hypnotically to my hostas, ligularias and delphiniums. It doesn’t stop there. Lily beetles have repeatedly led me down the long and winding road, well, garden path, in order that I might extricate the shiny, red critters from the foliage of my stunning fritillarias and lilies. Other war-weary gardeners battle with rabbits, deer, pigeons, caterpillars, cabbage white butterflies and aphids. The list of annoying adversaries seems never ending.

Gardeners, in general, are a friendly and peace-loving community. Our battle with irksome invaders requires us to dispatch offenders in a manner that we each deem most appropriate. Squishing and squashing our way around our gardens and secreting slug pellets in our borders; the metaldehyde massacre of molluscs has never sat comfortably with me. Beautiful song thrushes cracking blue pellet-encrusted snails onto my patio for a light lunch horrifies me. The ‘removal’ of these garden ‘pests’ has a significant and potentially dangerous impact upon the natural and critical balance of the food chains and ecosystems within our gardens.

But happily things are changing.

Grazers has introduced a range of effective, liquid form only products which safeguard wildlife and deter pests from nibbling our nasturtiums and masticating our marigolds. Lettuce will be left alone and brassicas abandoned. The entire range will deter, not kill, rabbits, deer, pigeons, slugs and snails, cabbage white butterflies, caterpillars, aphids and lily beetles.

So just how does the Grazers range of products work?

The affected plants are finely misted with the calcium-based products with the solution being absorbed into the plants’ cells. This process renders the stems, foliage and flowers unappealing to its voracious visitors due to the unappetising, bitter taste of the calcium. The discouraged diners are required to look elsewhere for their food fix, leaving our prized plants untouched. Simples!

In addition, as calcium is a recognised plant nutrient, the absorbed solution stimulates and strengthens plant growth and development, which in turn helps our plants to help themselves.

The range of products is people, pets and planet friendly and is safe to use on both edible and ornamental plants.


I am pleased to advise that I have arranged an EXCLUSIVE 15% discount for all my subscribers on all GRAZERS orders over £15.00 excluding P&P until end May 2020.

Just enter the discount code MIKEGRAZERS15 when you place your order on www.grazers.co.uk

Watch my live Instagram chat with Hugh Frost, Technical Consultant at Grazers (https://www.instagram.com/tv/CANH6NCgTlr/).

Mike chats to Technical Consultant, Hugh Frost of Grazers
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