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National Gardening Week 2019

National Gardening Week's theme is Edible Britain
National Gardening Week's theme is Edible Britain

This year’s theme – Edible Britain

Encouraging everyone to grow-your-own veg is the theme of this year’s National Gardening Week (April 29–May 5).

The RHS’s theme for this year is Edible Britain, calling on gardeners to share their love of home-grown produce.

Now in its eighth year, hundreds of events are taking place with thousands of people sharing their passion for plants on social media.

The aim of National Gardening Week is to raise awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone and inspire more people to experience the joy of growing and visiting beautiful green spaces.

Not-so-secret ingredients... herbs, chillies and garlic
Not-so-secret ingredients… herbs, chillies and garlic

New website full of ideas

A new website has been created so everyone can take part at www.rhs.org.uk/nationalgardeningweek.

Everyone can grow something edible, whether it’s a single pot of herbs on the windowsill or an allotment overflowing with courgettes and potatoes.

RHS chief horticulturist Guy Barter said: “The RHS has seen sales of fruit and vegetable seeds outstrip flowers at its plant centres over the last year.

“It’s clear that people are keen to reconnect with where their food comes from.

“We’re supporting this burgeoning interest by encouraging garden centres, nurseries, clubs, societies and other organisations to showcase their edible expertise, as well as highlighting grow-your-own at our RHS Gardens and Flower Shows.”


Tips to get started during National Gardening Week

  • Sow seeds of hardy plants like carrots, coriander, beetroot and parsley. Clay soils may not be dry and warm enough for good results until this time.
  • Sow salad crops such as lettuce and radishes, and peas and broad beans and sow again every three weeks until early July for a continuous supply.
  • Tender but quick-growing plants such as basil, courgettes, French beans, runner beans and sweetcorn can be sown indoors now for planting out in six weeks’ time.
  • It is too late to sow slow-growing tender plants such as aubergines, chilli peppers, sweet peppers and tomatoes, so buy them as potted plants from garden centres to grow on in greenhouses, conservatories or a sunny porch or windowsill.
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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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