- Trials to test plants.
- Comparisons of plants, plant varieties, products and growing methods.
- A challenge to predict the result of a trial.
- An online game to gain points and, in some cases, an opportunity to win prizes.
- League tables showing how good your predictions are.
- Practical gardening tips and conclusions based on trials and other research.
- Information on products and suppliers with relevant links.
Fantasy Gardening is about 'games' with plants, how they grow and how to get the best out of them. We put plants, products and methods to the test (for example, comparing fertilisers, composts etc) and challenge you to predict the results. In some cases a particular challenge may be sponsored and run as a competition in collaboration with a publication with prizes awarded to those making the most accurate predictions.
Fantasy Gardening is for gardeners who understand that plants are complex and growth can be affected by many factors. Our findings will normally be summarized in the form of tips and recommendations and we may leave you with a few questions which the results raise – these may of course form the basis for future trials. However, the general intention is to cover topics in some detail and avoid ‘dumbing down’.