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National Gardening Week 2018

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A celebration of UK gardening, April 30-May 6

National Gardening Week was launched seven years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and this year’s campaign is about sharing your passion for plants.

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest gardener – anyone can take part, with gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations doing their bit.

At the RHS’s four gardens, there will be activities and events to inspire and help gardeners, including suggestions for plants to grow indoors and outdoors.

National Gardening WeekEvents are being run all over the country. Find out what’s on here.

There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family, from growing tomatoes on your windowsill to sprucing up your driveway.

Show your support of by sharing stories and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Boy sowing seeds. Picture; RHS MIC
Boy sowing seeds. Picture; RHS MIC

Gardening projects to do

Here are some easy gardening projects to do with the family – just follow the links for more information.

Build a bee hotel: Red mason bees need nesting sites as well as birds – here’s how to make one.

Build a compost cafe: Compost heaps are one of the most positive things anyone with a garden can do to reduce landfill and enrich their soil, plus feed wildlife.

Build a mini stone wall: Dry stone walls are a great habitat for wildlife build a small-scale version.

Make a log shelter: Dead wood is both home and food for beetle grubs and other mini-beasts, which are food for birds, hedgehogs and frogs.

Transplanting seedlings
Transplanting seedlings. Picture; RHS/SIRA

Plant a night-scented garden: Flowers that release their scent in the evening are a big draw for moths.

Plant a tree: Mature trees in a garden are the best predictor of the overall diversity of creatures in a garden.

Put in a pond: At a time when ponds have all but disappeared from farmland, it’s a hugely helpful thing for wildlife.

What to do for birds: How to help them in the nesting season.

What to do for insects: Butterflies will be emerging now as temperatures rise and sunshine increases.

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What to do for mammals, reptiles and amphibians: Frogs, toads and hedgehogs emerge from hibernation as the weather gets milder.

Allotment – getting started: Simple steps a productive plot.

Choosing mini vegetables: Vegetables that produce small and tasty produce are ideal for small gardens and growing in containers.

Containers: planting up: Containers can brighten up a corner of the garden, provide handy herbs by the kitchen or make the entrance look welcoming.

Creating a Dry Garden: Choosing the right plants to help your garden cope with climate change.

Creating a School Sensory Garden: Create a sensory garden at school.

Edible flowers: Flowers add colour, flavour and texture to savoury and sweet dishes.

Gardening for butterflies: Create the perfect environment for butterflies, bees, dragonflies and moths.

Herbs in containers: A collection of herbs in a sunny place near the house is great for garden and kitchen.

Planting a Green Roof: Improving the environment for people and wildlife.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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