I'm a botanist, not a horticulturist.
Trust me, anyone who has seen me digging will tell you, I am most definitely a science geek, not a gardener.
But with a love of plants and a lust for knowledge, back in 2010 I ripped up the front lawn of a suburban semi & covered the decked back garden in pots to create a testing ground for all manner of crops and growing techniques from across the world. The question I wanted to answer was: Are traditional UK gardening practices based on sound evidence, or merely just inherited wisdom?
MY TRIAL PLOT
A SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO AWESOME STUFF TO GROW
COPYRIGHT JAMES WONG 2015
Based on an exhaustive review of the most cutting edge scientific research, my new RHS book reveals for the first time the secrets to growing crops for measurably improved flavour and nutrition.
Translating geek speak into a set of simple tips & tricks, it shows how anyone can grow maximum flavour with minimum labour.
As a scientist I didn't feel 'because my grandad did it this way' was a good enough reason to engage in hours of back breaking toil. Give me some measurable data (i.e. bigger tomatoes or tastier strawbs) however & I just might consider it.
The results were to shock me. A great many of the old-school rules not only involve far more work, but also give you measurably worse results. The data suggests us Brits need to radically rethink how we grow to get maximum flavour for minimum labour, so I wrote two books on exactly how to do just that. :)
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RHS Ireland 25th November
LONDON & SOUTH EAST