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Gardening

Everything in the garden is rosy

Working in your garden is a great way of building strength, endurance and flexibility as well as improving your mental wellbeing. Why not try a range of these activities to help you get out in the fresh air and improve your gardening skills at the same time?

Hints and activities

Gardening | Top Tips for Spring in the Garden

Now is the ideal time for a spring clean of your garden and your tools. Here are our top tips of gardening at this time of year.

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Activities for the Kids

Here are some great ideas to get your kids, big and small, out in the fresh air, growing their own plants and food and using nature’s resources to create their own activities.

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Beginners Guide to Growing Seeds

Robert Gillies from our grow your own scheme offers his insights on growing seeds and vegetables, perfect for those looking to get going with growing.

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Grow Your Own

Select and order up to 5 seeds for free, and start your own grow-at-home adventure today!

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Spending time in nature

There are many health benefits of getting closer to nature. It helps us relax, improves our physical and mental health, makes us appreciate our environment and allows us to be more present in what we’re doing. What’s more, is many outdoor activities are free, educational and not restricted by age or mobility.

Some of our favorites:

Bird spotting

By stepping onto your balcony or in your garden, have a listen to the dawn chorus and see if you can identify which birds are in your garden. The National Trust have shared their tips for bird spotting. 

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Blossom identification

If you want to know more about the blossom you see, visit blossom watch on the National Trust page, for help with identifying different blossoms. You can learn why blossom is such a vital habitat for bees, birds and badgers and find out which trees are flowering at the National Trust properties.

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Stargazing

With the warmer nights and a beautiful moon, take a moment to relax and enjoy the stars in the night sky. Check out these top tips to learn more about stargazing.

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Garden redesign

Now spring has sprung, have you ever thought about redesigning your garden? 

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

The RHS have some excellent resources and hints and tips to help you plan and design your garden. RHS guides you through the process with the help of style guides.

You can even get some stunning ideas from last year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show designers. 

These miniature glass plant displays are easy and a great way to invite some greenery into your indoor space. Terraria make perfect homes for cacti and succulents. They can be very simple to maintain and look amazing. Kew Gardens have some top tips for creating your own terrarium. 

 

Gardening articles

Richard's Allotment Diary

Find out about Richard's journey of learning and self-discovery with his allotment.

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Container Gardening

Limited space? Why not consider container gardening as a great way to start growing?

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Walmer-inspired Kitchen Garden

Feel inspired by the kitchen garden at Walmer Castle and Gardens in Kent.

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