Posted by Aston Avery

Gardeners don’t know their weeds to their wisteria

With limited travel plans over recent years, many of us have relied, quite literally, on our own back gardens.  New research from the UK’s number one salad brand Florette, has revealed we are more in love with our plants than ever, with 80% saying they have a greater appreciation than they did two years ago.

61% of people said the main reason for this was the positive impact caring for their plants had on their mental health, while half (56%) said it was due to the benefits they had on wildlife and the ecosystem.

However, when it comes to caring for our gardens, we don’t have a clue. A third of people admit to removing anything they don’t like the look of, while a fifth say anything they didn’t plant is a weed, and 18% simply guess randomly what to prune back. In fact, just 6% say they everything grow freely.

The research found that many of us are unable to identify common ‘weeds’, such as a poppy (9%), daisy (28%) and buttercup (30%).

Aston spoke to podcaster Michael Perry a.k.a The Plant Geek.

Photo by Jonathan Hanna on Unsplash

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