Every year thousands end up in hospital or at their doctors after sustaining an injury whilst gardening. Overdoing it can lead to a range of injuries, with back and neck problems high on the list. Australian horticultural expert John Mason has advice to help avoid injury.

Leading horticultural expert John Mason has spent the last three months researching and writing a book about curcubits, that’s your melons, cucumbers, marrows, squash and pumpkins. Australia’s spring season runs from the start of September to the end of November and makes an ideal time to plant curcubits as John explains.

Part of the work of The Horticultural Trades Association is to get people gardening, as well as protecting the interests of gardeners and growers. Ken Crowther spoke to Carol Paris, HTA Chief Executive about her role and how to encourage the gardeners of the future.