Today is National Gardening Day and it is the perfect time for gardeners and would-be gardeners to get outside and start their own little plot. Just take some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown fruit and vegetables or flowers if that is your thing. So How can you celebrate National Gardening Day?
Whether you want to grow Cabbages, blueberries, Parsley, strawberries, or anything else. National Gardening Day celebrates the joy of gardening and provides you fresh fruit and vegetables. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and organic nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices. Gardening is also great for your physical and Mental Health.
National Gardening Day is all about getting out and grow flower or vegetable gardens regardless of whether you plant in the ground, in containers, in a field, on a windowsill. You can grow anywhere.
How to Celebrate National Gardening day
There are many ways that you can Celebrate National Gardening Day including:
- Plant up some herbs to get you started.
- Start a compost bin
- Sign up for a gardening course in your area.
- Look for a community garden or allotment in your area.
- Organize a seed swap with like-minded souls.
- Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one! Check out GIY for gardening clubs around Ireland
- Visit your local nursery or garden centre – just bring your wallet, you know you will want to buy something.
- Share on social media using #NationalGardeningDay
The Story behind National Gardening day
Cool Springs Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, founded National Gardening Day on April 14 to celebrate gardening and to encourage home gardeners and students to learn more about how to garden.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Gardening Day to be observed annually in 2018.
Want to do more gardening how about a Whole WEEK dedicated to it?
What is National Gardening Week?
National Gardening Week 2018 is held between April 30th and May 6th. It is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture and to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.
The RHS National Gardening Week website is available HERE
Members of the public are invited to hold events themselves to celebrate the week, for example, open gardens, local street and park tidy-ups and garden parties. The RHS encourages people to share their events and stories on social media to raise awareness of this popular annual event.
The RHS offers a comprehensive list of project ideas that can be taken up during National Gardening week, from wildlife ideas such as hedgehog, bird and bee habitats, to creating stone walls and compost heaps, to planting wildlife-friendly areas, new vegetable plots, containers, window boxes. The ideas are endless and are available.
A quick project for National Gardening Day – Make your own Salad box
A window box – Lidl – €3.99
One bag of compost €1.99
6 lettuce plants €1.99 – the best variety for this is cut and come again varieties like Oakleaf and Lollo rosso
Some rocks or broken crockery for drainage
The How to Bit
- Put the rocks/ broken crockery in the bottom of the window box.
- Fill with compost
- Plant your Lettuce
- Water well.
- Make sure soil remains moist but is well drained.
- Lettuce will tell you when it needs water. Just look at it. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.
- Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of damaging your plants’ roots; they are shallow.
- Place in partial shade – lettuce will bolt in full sun
- Keep an eye out for Aphids and slugs
If this post inspires you to get out into your garden check out more posts about gardening like
- 10 great reasons to grow Lemon Balm
- Growing Aubergines in a cool climate
- Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden
- A year in the life of an Organic Vegetable Garden
Or find all my gardening post here – Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets.
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