How Rekha Mistry turned her horticultural interest into a brand new profession

Rekha Mistry - Winner of GMG award

Rekha Mistry received the GMG’s Particular person Social Media Influencer of the Yr Award 2023
Picture: @ruthsterorourke

We’re delighted to announce that Rekha Mistry from is that this 12 months’s very deserving winner of the Backyard Media Guild’s Particular person Social Media Influencer of the Yr Award 2023! Sponsored by Thompson & Morgan, the coveted award celebrates the way in which Rekha conjures up, educates and interacts together with her followers. 

Rekha has greater than 30 years’ sensible expertise as a gardener and holds a Diploma in Horticulture from the RHS. She grows an enormous number of natural fruit and veg and her guide, Rekha’s Kitchen Backyard, is a good way to study rising your individual produce. Participating in BBC 2’s Large Allotment Problem was a turning level in Rekha’s profession, encouraging her to alter focus and focus on gardening. She’s since constructed up a massively standard Insta account that’s filled with useful recommendation and scrumptious recipes. In gentle of her win, we caught up with Rekha to be taught a bit about her journey as a gardener and social media influencer. Right here’s what she needed to say…

Inform us how you bought into gardening?

In my earlier profession I used to be a Firm Director for 25 years however after I determined to alter tempo, my allotment turned my focus. Showing within the BBC’s Large Allotment Problem triggered one thing inside me and made me realise that I wished to get into horticulture. My allotment turned my apply floor and I began running a blog about my journey in addition to sharing my progress on social media. What occurred subsequent?! Let’s simply say the allotment stopped turning into my interest to take pleasure in and shortly turned my new workplace!


What’s your biggest gardening achievement?

The best way that I’ve been in a position to focus my horticultural experience into all types of media.


How has social media impacted your gardening journey?

Social media allowed me to rework a interest I really like into paid work. In a great way, it pushes my creativity, which I by no means knew I had! Now I’m at all times considering of angles of reel focus and pure gentle ranges for pictures.


What’s your single, most vital piece of gardening recommendation?

Dried red chillies in jar

Rekha grows and dries chillies

One of the best recommendation for anybody beginning out is to develop what you’re keen on! I do! I don’t fear if what I’m rising isn’t ‘in vogue’ or a prime social ‘trending plant’ or an ‘Insta fairly plant’. I at all times hearken to my very own coronary heart and develop what I like.


How has a backyard or panorama influenced your work or private gardening fashion?

All of my very own gardens and plots have challenged me. My first London allotment sat on clay and flooded each winter. So I learnt what to do and shared my progress. At any time when I share my successes, followers are at all times stunned by how a lot I can develop. Now I’ve a brand new kitchen backyard on a north-facing peak district slope. The challenges and journey proceed!


When you have been caught on a desert island and will solely have three vegetation – one sensible, one lovely, and one uncommon, what would they be?

Red amaranth flowers with edible leaves

Amaranth is a placing annual with edible leaves and seeds
Picture: Amaranthus paniculatus ‘Marvel Bronze’ seeds from T&M

Why select simply 3!!! I might select potatoes, amaranth and chillies. Can I take seeds too? Please?


What’s subsequent?

My focus is to finish the cottage works and the entire terraced gardens in our new dwelling. However, there are new initiatives within the pipeline which I can not focus on…but 😉. Please watch this house!


Extra about T&M and the Backyard Media Guild Awards

Annually, the Backyard Media Guild celebrates the writing or content material of proficient gardening professionals. Awards are given to probably the most inspirational gardeners with classes for authors, journalists, photographers, vloggers, podcasters and gardening influencers. The winners are judged by their friends and specialists within the subject.

This 12 months, Thompson & Morgan sponsored the GMG’s ‘Particular person Social Media Influencer of the Yr Award’. This particular award is for “the communicator who conjures up, educates or informs followers about gardening by posting commonly on a number of platforms (Instagram, Fb, Twitter, TikTok or others), producing an engaged following, replying to questions and feedback and interacting with followers.” Discover the full listing of GMG awards in addition to the shortlisted nominees right here.

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