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National Gardening Week is 27 April to 3 May

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National Gardening Week takes place from Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May, 2020.

This year, the RHS is calling on gardeners to go out into gardens or balconies as a way to look after their physical health and wellbeing, and to keep growing at home.

Gardening gives you space to think, to be...

Gardening is a great way to boost the mood and there’s nothing like feeling the earth between your fingers to connect with the world.  Plants, flowers, bushes and trees all make for great company;  they give you space to think about things, and life, and drift in your thoughts; they give your mind a chance to rest and relax and immerse yourself in the moment and forget what’s going on in the world.  They don’t interrupt your train of thought. They just let you be….

Although we are in lock-down, many garden centres around the country are giving us the chance to order online or even call them and put in an order over the phone. 

Bring gardening into your home

You don’t need a garden, either – you could bring nature into your home with a houseplant, herbs on a window sill, perhaps in the kitchen, watching gardening videos, and “visiting” many famous gardens online!

The RHS website has a huge Grow Your Own advice section, with help on growing fruit, growing vegetables and growing herbs.  

Go potty in the garden!

I LOVE pots!  I’ve put a couple of strawberry plants into small pots and so far I’ve counted 5 strawberries coming on one, and 2 on another.  I keep going out into the garden and talking to them to encourage them.  My husband thinks I’ve gone mad, but I love it. 

We’ve also got a dwarf blueberry bush in a pot on the patio, a dwarf raspberry bush, also in a pot, and a peach tree.  

Grow your own fruit, or give a fruit tree or bush to a loved one as a gift!

Grow your own fruit, or give a fruit tree or bush to a loved one as a gift! send trees and plants as gifts


Fill your garden with colour

And don’t forget flowers – they are lovely for making you feel brighter.  Last year, I sowed some freesias in several little pots and this year, much to my surprise, they have all come up into beautiful flowers and I’ve got a gorgeous scent coming from them.  Red, yellow and dark pink freesias are really giving me something to smile about. 

Feel a sense of achievement

Gardening gives you the chance to create and enjoy your own beautiful green space, whether in the house or in the garden, or both!  There’s nothing like the feeling of achievement it gives you, and the joy you have looking at the fruits of your labours!  

Enjoy learning!

Visit the RHS and check out their advice section – you’ll find so much information to help you!  It’s not all reading, either – they have videos you can watch as well J  

Share your garden

Wildlife need our gardens, especially as we are taking so much of their homes off them.  They need hedgerows, trees and bushes to nest in, to rest in, to shelter in from the wind, rain and sun.  Provide them with access to water in a pond or a bird bath (those can be small as well), put up bird feeders, stick a pile of logs in a corner and leave it all a bit messy there, and you will have your own nature show to enjoy, full of beautiful sounds. 

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Get the kids busy and their hands dirty!

Hands can easily be cleaned – get the kids out into the garden and give them the chance to discover all about the outside world by getting their hands dirty, their t-shirts all covered in muddy earth, their feet wet… there’s nothing like it.  All that fresh air and activity will hopefully wear them out!

Immerse yourself in gardens when you sit down.

Immerse yourself in a gardening related book!

There are lots of gardening programmes  - watch Monty Don and his fabulous retrievers Nigel and Nellie on iplayer,  you could also subscribe to a gardening magazine for a few months or more, read gardening books, watch gardening videos (RHS on You Tube for instance), take a gardening course (you can get online ones from Red Letter Days now). 

So there’s plenty to do to bring gardening into your life. 

Happy National Gardening Week! 

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