We’d like to introduce you to some members of our customer trial panel – our trusty team of gardeners who test Thompson & Morgan’s plants in real gardens. They’ll be writing blog posts for us in the next few months to give you updates on what’s happening in their gardens. Lucas Hatch joined the team at the end of 2012 and is our youngest member at the tender age of 11.
I love all things gardening, and find inspiration from grandparents, parents, and Monty Don on Gardeners World. I love the whole experience of watching vegetables grow, looking after them, and eating them for the first time. I’m always looking out for new plants or vegetables to try, and enjoy planning the garden for the next season’s crop.
I started gardening when I was about 6 years old at home as well as at school. We moved to a house that needed a lot of work which inspired me to get involved. When I’m not gardening I spend all my spare time looking through seed & plant catalogues, reading gardening books, watching gardening programmes, or visiting my local garden centre. I like to plant from seed in the greenhouse, as well as taking cuttings to grow on. In 2012 I became the RHS Young Gardener of the Year which has spurred me on even more.
My garden is just under a quarter of an acre. It is mainly laid to lawn with informal and formal borders. I grow many different fruit and vegetables as well as flowers and shrubs.
I live in East Anglia in a small riverside town about 8 miles from the North Sea coast. The wind however is mainly westerly and warmer than the occasional east wind. Rainfall is not quite as often as other parts of the country, and we usually have to rely on water butts and hose pipes. We do get quite a lot of sunshine though which is good.