Royal Horticultural Society says fakes are expected to return to UK gardens in 2022

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It’s a tool often associated with Old Father Time, the Grim Reaper and, in recent years, the handsome topless male star of Poldark.

But next year the scythe is expected to become one of the must-have items for UK gardeners.

It is an eco-friendly alternative to a polluting lawn mower for environmentally conscious gardeners who want to mow a lawn that’s too long or prune a wildflower meadow.

The prediction is among several issued today by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) on gardening trends in its annual forecast of how and what the country’s 30 million gardeners will grow in 2022.

The forecast is based on inquiries from half a million RHS members and on the informed opinions of its in-house experts.

After a few dark years, the RHS foresees the return of plants with strong colors, including oranges, purples and yellows.

Next year the scythe is expected to become one of the must-have items for UK gardeners

Other gardening trends for 2022

Bokashi: A Japanese method of making indoor compost using bran and fermentation

Battery pruner: Good for those with daring weaker grips

Colors: Oranges and violets in flowering plants such as crocosmia, salvia, and canna

Handpicked poses: Instead of store-bought bouquets

Aronia: Good for health

Perennials: Cosmos, dahlia and zinnia, for example, are more durable than annuals

“Accelerated gardens”: Pre-planted baskets and troughs

‘Snow White’ apples: Ironically named. Red fleshed apples such as ‘Tickled Pink’ are rich in healthy anthocyanins

Grenades: Some varieties can grow outdoors in the UK

Meanwhile, any gardener wishing to get a head start or to practice one-upmanship on the garden fence is well advised to drop the word “Bokashi” in his conversation.

The RHS said it was an increasingly popular method of turning kitchen scraps – even meat and dairy products – into compost using its fermented, developed in Japan, and is becoming popular as green-fingered people seek to reduce their dependence on purchasing compost in plastic bags.

The technique is popular in Japan because it turns food scraps, including fish and meat, which might attract vermin outdoors, into compost indoors – and its supporters insist that ‘she doesn’t smell rancid.

The RHS offers training in the use of scythes in their garden in Harlow Carr, Yorkshire.

Scythians first gained attention in 2015, when Poldark hunk Aidan Turner used the tool in a shirtless scene.

Explaining why it expects fakes to become a popular buy, RHS said, “Spoofing is easier than a mower on wildflower plots and minimizes the need for gasoline or diesel tools.

Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturist at RHS, said: “Scythes are a difficult thing to use, which is why we provide training.

“They require good upper body strength and they need to be razor sharp, but work great once you have the knack.”

He added that the lawn mower ascendant would likely stay safe, as he said, “You wouldn’t want to mow half an acre with a scythe.”

As labor-intensive gardening methods such as mowing make a comeback, labor-saving devices will also be highlighted for those pressed for time.

After a few dark years, the RHS foresees the return of plants with strong colors, especially oranges, purples and yellows.

After a few dark years, the RHS foresees the return of plants with strong colors, especially oranges, purples and yellows.

But instead of being powered by gasoline engines, garden equipment powered by rechargeable batteries is likely to be of great use, with pruning shears a product that is expected to make a big impact.

The “Good-Life” style of self-sufficiency continues, according to RHS, with greater interest expected in making locally grown bouquets and bouquets, rather than buying them from florists.

Red-fleshed fruits are a trend that should prove to be a popular choice – with apples, in particular, taking center stage.

Blueberries – which get their name from their bitter taste – are of interest according to the RHS, possibly because of their health-promoting properties.

It’s a similar story with the unusually tasting serviceberry, the flavor of which some authors compare to a cross between a strawberry and a blueberry.

Explaining why red-fleshed so-called “Snow White” apples are garnering public interest, RHS suggests they are valued for their high levels of anthocyanins, which were sought after for their anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities at one time. where infections are increasingly feared.

It's a tool often associated with Old Father Time, the Grim Reaper and, in recent years, the handsome topless male star of Poldark.

It’s a tool often associated with Old Father Time, the Grim Reaper and, in recent years, the handsome topless male star of Poldark.

Other labor-saving gardening products expected to perform well next year are pre-planted baskets and tubs as well as self-watering pots, the RHS said, which “will provide more opportunities to sit down and to enjoy the garden “.

Other battery-powered tools such as electric leaf blowers are much quieter than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Annual flowers will be less popular than repeat flowering plants such as alstromeria, cosmos, dahlias and zinnia during the summer months, the RHS said.

For winter displays, RHS Sea Lavender and Everlasting Spikes are handy for decorating dried winter displays.

Mr Barter said of the interest in brighter colors such as oranges and purples “They are more exuberant colors and we could do a little more exuberance in these times.”

He added: “With a return to more normal weekday patterns in 2021, UK gardeners are adapting their approach to nurturing their plants; relying on quick fixes when needed, but working all the time to ensure that their plots are respectful of the planet and an inspiring place to work and play.


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