MPs have been hit by the Legg inquiry, which has demanded that many pay back illegitimately claimed expenses that caused a public scandal this year. Legg says claims should be capped at £1,000 a year for gardening.
Donohoe said: "I've always paid my own gardener once a week for four hours. I don't believe that anyone should be paid for buying dung - one MP claimed for 30 tonnes.
"That brings the reputation of the House down. But what people don't talk about is that a lot of claims were rejected by the fees office. Only when an MP is handicapped could it be argued they should have expenses and they would need a really good reason for it. But in London flats on the fourth floor of a high-rise, I don't see much gardening going on there.
"If members are going to have a garden and they need extra work on it they should shell out from their own purse."
Gardening expenses claimants include: Sir Peter Viggers (Conservative, Gosport) - £30,000 over five years for mowing, maintenance, lights and a duck house; Sir Michael Lord (Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich) - £8,000 over five years for tree work and grass cutting; Sir Alan Haselhurst (Conservative, Saffron Walden) - repaid £12,000 including claims for £249 a month for gardening; Alan Meale (Labour, Mansfield) - £13,000 for gardening over four years.
- Defra secretary of state Hilary Benn is due to speak at the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group's annual reception on 23 November.