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Get gardening this week!

This week marks the Royal Horticultural Society’s national gardening week, which aims to spread the joy of gardening far and wide.

They are calling on communities to get outdoors into green spaces to appreciate the benefits of nature, which is proven to have positive impacts on our health & wellbeing.

Tray of seedlings

How can I start gardening?

During springtime it’s simple to start gardening. If you have a garden space, you can plant fruit and vegetables in pots, raised beds, or directly in the ground.

Once you’ve decided what and where you’d like to grow, it’s as simple as germinating your seeds and getting them in the soil.

You could even use old egg cartons or eggshells instead of plastic seed trays. Once they germinate they can be separated into individual segments, and planted directly into the ground allowing the cardboard to decompose.

Urban gardening

If you have a small or shared garden space, the RHS has put together this guide to explain how to make the most of it.

You could also start growing indoors, using windowsill space to grow fruits and vegetables in pots. You could even consider planting on a balcony by installing vertical wall planters to maximise space, see this link for some inspiration.

There is also the option of joining a local allotment or community garden, with many springing up on areas of shared green space. They serve as an opportunity to get active, grow fresh fruit & veg, while connecting with our community.

The benefits of gardening

Gardening is great for health and wellbeing, through experiencing the benefits of nature and incorporating more fresh, organic vegetables into our diets.

It also provides the opportunity to reduce our household carbon footprint by using compost, which can be made at home creating a use for food waste, and the opportunity to harvest rainwater and use this for watering.

Also, reducing the amount of fresh produce we buy leads to a reduction in the distance food has to travel before reaching our plates, and the associated carbon emissions.

Another great plus is that we can also reduce the cost at the checkout by keeping the seeds and growing them year after year at no extra cost.

To help you commit to getting stuck into the garden (or window sill planting) make our ‘I dare to care for green spaces’ pledge here.