National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week

Top Gardening Tips from Myles Edwards, Membership Director at Foresters Friendly Society

  • Don't pay for compost and mulches - make your own: a simple heap of grass cuttings, vegetable peelings and cardboard in a sunny corner of the garden will do.
  • Use what's around the house to help: for example, your old egg cartons can be used as seedling pods. Just plant them directly into the soil when it's time - the carton bits will rot in the earth.
  • Slug solutions: to keep slugs off your plants, scatter crushed up eggshells or coffee granules around them. Also, try rubbing vaseline around the top of pots.
  • Time allocation: remember to seek advice from other avid gardeners or garden centre staff when choosing crops/plants - especially with regard to how much care each will need to grow in good condition.
Tips from the Foresters Friendly Society

Good news for those with green fingers! This week (Apr 29 – May 5) is National Gardening Week.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launched the initiative seven years ago to raise awareness of the difference that gardens can make to peoples’ lives.

Now the country’s biggest celebration of gardening, it inspires people to experience the joy of growing and visiting green spaces.

The year’s theme is “Edible Britain”, with organisers calling on gardeners to share their love of home-grown produce.

Getting involved is easy. You can host an event, or search here for what’s going on near you.

Or you could simply talk about your garden with your friends and family!

“It’s clear that people are keen to reconnect with where their food comes from,” Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturalist, said.

“That’s why we’re encouraging people. groups, societies, garden centres, and nurseries to showcase their edible expertise, and highlight all things grow-your-own.”

Can’t make it to an event? You can still play your part.

Share your gardening expertise using #NationalGardeningWeek on social media!

Click here for general advice on looking after your green space.