Today marks the start of National Gardening Week, the UK’s largest celebration of gardening! This year’s theme is ‘Help New Gardeners Grow’, which is all about helping gardeners gain new skills and encouraging those who haven’t delved into the dirt to give it a try. However, even if you’ve already been blessed with a green thumb, this week is the perfect excuse for everyone to enjoy some time outside.
All across the country, there are plenty of official National Gardening Week events and activities to attend, sponsored by businesses, charities and heritage organisations. You can also celebrate this annual event in your own garden – an ideal way to spend the upcoming bank holiday weekend.
Here are a few simple ways to get outside and show your garden some love!
Plant some veg
Thanks to the recent mild weather, your soil should be starting to get nice and warm – prime conditions for sowing and planting seasonal veg.
April is the ideal month to sow artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage, and your last chance to plant your onion seedlings. If you’ve been nurturing herbs like parsley, thyme and basil – either that you’ve grown yourself or purchased – now is the time to plant them outdoors.
That way, come June/July, you will have a bounty of homegrown flavours to harvest and incorporate into your meals. For more information on how you can get your garden summer-ready, check out our garden planning ideas!
Do some redecorating
For all those city-flat dwellers with a limited amount of outdoor space to play with – perhaps only a small balcony or small plot – you can still celebrate National Gardening Week. (After all, the point of this week is also to encourage everyone to just get out and enjoy being outside!).
Plants that naturally climb – like honeysuckle – or hanging flower pots are two lovely space-saving ways to get in touch with your inner gardener, even if you don’t have an expansive plot of soil to tend. Read ‘5 small garden ideas for spring’ for more inspiration!
Invite the neighbours round for a barbecue
There are few better ways to enjoy a nice spring evening than gathered round the barbecue – tucking into something delicious straight off the grill, and washed down with a tall glass of Pimm’s. Read our top tips for throwing a garden party to help you with the planning!
While you’re at it, have a little browse of our garden store online – or come check out our new display in-store! – with rattan dining sets (like our Antilles collection, pictured), fabulous sun loungers and more – everything you need to relax in your garden.