National Gardening Week falls on the first week of May each year, and is all about celebrating the joy of getting a bit more green in your life, and that's certainly something we know a thing or two about!
We don't need to state the obvious by saying that gardening is good for you, BUT it really bloody is. There's nothing like getting your hands in the soil to nourish your mind, body and soul. You don't even need a garden to do it! To celebrate the week, we've put together some of our favourite ways to sneak a bit of gardening in your life.
JAZZ UP YOUR GARDEN
If you're lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space then spend some time giving it a bit of TLC! Whether that's giving it a tidy up, adding a bit of new decor or tending to your seedlings, even the little jobs can make a big difference.
SOW SOME SEEDS
It's not too late to get some seeds in the ground! This time of year is perfectly for sowing sunflowers, poppies, nasturtium and cornflowers.
CREATE A MINI GARDEN
Gardens don't need to be a huge investment. Flex your garden design skills by putting together a mini garden. This could be indoors or outdoors, with lots of plants or just one! Think a terrarium, a kitchen herb garden, a hanging basket for by the front door or a window box.
DO A BIT OF HOUSEPLANT UPKEEP
Remove any dead bits. Give the leaves a dusting over. Spritz them with a bit of water. Check if they need a water (best way to check is to stick your finger into the top inch of soil; if it's dry, water it, if it's wet, don't).
VISIT YOUR LOCAL
... Garden, that is! Though if that garden just happens to be a beer garden we're also here for that! But truly, there's loads of amazing gardens up and down the country that opening up for the summer and are just waiting for you to visit. The National Garden Scheme, RHS Gardens and their Partner Gardens are a great place to start.