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Tips For Getting Your Vegetable Garden Growing

If the lockdown means you’re running short on new Netflix series to binge, and you’ve mastered your sourdough bread making skills, then bear in mind that they’re not the only COVID-19 lockdown pastimes. Masses of people in both urban and rural areas have had the urge to grow vegetables, and even if space is limited, there are options for growing healthy veg in a container on a balcony. For anyone looking at a tiny patio and wondering if it is even possible, the good news is that it’s easier than you think. Vegetables are essentially the weeds of the plant world. They are annual plants; they occur in the wild, they’re opportunistic, and they will germinate in disturbed soil. They grow fast and easy. They don’t have much time and most grow for just one...

How To Beat Beginner’s Gardening Mistakes

As many of us are becoming novice gardeners during the lockdown, to get the best out of your garden it’s good to know what to do, and importantly, what not to do. Beginning gardeners who are planting and sowing while self-isolating may be digging themselves into a hole of horticultural mistakes, so during National Gardening Week, we wanted to point out some common mistakes.  
  1. Sowing too early
Try not to rely on the many social media ‘experts’ for direction, and always read the back of seed packets which will tell you when to sow.  
  1. Overwatering
Many people tend to overwater, especially during the seedling stage when there’s less of a need for extra moisture. It can flood new roots, which will starve them of air. A simple trick is to lift your seeding trays...

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mental Wellbeing

Gardens are special peaceful spaces with restorative qualities that can work wonders when we are stressed and under pressure, and in these unprecedented times, we are all feeling some level of stress and need a lift.

Stress is a worldwide problem that can cause physical problems such as higher blood pressure, muscle tension and digestive problems, while long-term stress can lead to serious health issues including depression and anxiety, and as championed by Dame Helen Mirren, gardening might just be what we need.

There’s growing evidence that gardening can benefit our mental health, an important consideration at a time when the NHS is stretched and one in four adults are experiencing mental illness. researchers in Sweden discovered that...

Top Tips To Take Care Of Your Lawn

Now that you’re spending more time at home due to the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you might want to use the time to get your garden ready for the summer. If your lawn is looking a little worse for wear after the winter and you can see weeds popping up all over the place there are a few things you can do to get the situation under control. The Express recently shared some top tips for removing the weeds from your lawn. One of the best places to begin is by using a specialist weed removal tool to pull out as many of the weeds in your lawn as possible. Make sure that you pull the roots out as well as the part of the plant you can see. They’re also...

More Brits Growing Own Produce During Lockdown

The country has been turned upside down since the government announced lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many supermarket shelves have been cleared as customers hoarded essential goods, and lots of people have been forced to stay at home in total isolation if they have symptoms or fall into a vulnerable category. This has left many Brits unsure of what to do with themselves, as well as uncertain about how they will acquire necessary fresh food to keep them healthy, particularly as online deliveries are now booked up weeks in advance. As a result, lots have turned to producing their own fruit and veg, according to owner of North Walsham Garden Centre Ben Youngs, who told Eastern Daily Press 24: “Everyone is growing stuff.” While most of these stores have had to...