As public concern grows for the vulnerability of the food chain during the  pandemic, gardeners are discovering the international seed supply chain is not immune to  challenges.   Photograph: Getty Images

Forced to stay home as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and with far more free time on their hands, many people are happily dusting off their spades (...)

A wildlife-friendly pond. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Searching for simple, practical ways to garden sustainably? Follow these ten steps to a greener garden 1 Harvest rainwater Yes, we’ve endured an unu(...)

Fitzgerald Nursery staff harvesting a crop of sweet potatoes grown under cover in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald Nurseries

In the same way that I have a soft spot for eccentrics and oddballs of the human kind, so I’ve always been intrigued by the horticulturally strange(...)