National Gardening Week was conceived by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1987 and has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening over the years. In 2022, it takes place from 2nd to 8th May.
People, charities, businesses and retailers use this opportunity to nurture interest in the popular pastime of gardening, and to inspire new gardeners.
Events and activities are happening up and down the country this week, from beginners’ workshops to guided walks and from tea parties to competitions. You can find a list of events via the National Gardening Week website.
You can get involved yourself by throwing a garden party to celebrate, raising awareness of your neighbourhood park or hosting an event in your town, city or village. On a smaller scale, you could simply grow something new in your own garden, such as tomato plants, herbs or sunflowers!
With our current cost of living crisis, many people are turning to home-grown produce to put on the dinner table. Home-grown produce is not only flavoursome, sustainable and cost effective, it is also a great way to turn your hand to gardening. At Van Hage in PE1, there are plenty of ways to get onboard with ‘growing your own’. The much-revered garden centre stocks a variety of grow-your-own items to help get you started, such as Taylor’s Bulbs Vegetable & Seed Growing Kit, Miracle Gro Performance Organic Fruit & Vegetable Compost, Exhibition Vegetables, the Tildenet Easy Fleece Tunnel, Westland Grow-it Protective Fruit & Crop Netting and much more! Head in-store to browse, buy and get some expert advice.
RHS Chief Horticulturist Guy Barter says: “The RHS has seen sales of fruit and vegetable seeds outstrip flowers at its plant centres over recent years, so it is 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.”
Guy offers the following top tips to those who are wondering what they can grow this National Gardening Week:
- There is still time to sow seeds of hardy plants like carrots, coriander, beetroot and parsley. In fact, clay soils may not be dry and warm enough for good results until this time.
- Sowings of salads such as lettuce and radishes, and peas and broad beans, can be made now, and sow again every three weeks until early July for a continuous supply.
- Cold-sensitive but quick-growing plants such as basil, courgettes, French beans, runner beans and sweetcorn can be sown indoors now for planting out in a month’s time (six weeks in the north).
- Although it is too late to sow slow-growing tender plants such as aubergines, chilli peppers, sweet peppers and tomatoes, they are widely offered as potted plants: buy them now to grow on in greenhouses and set them out later when the risk of frost has passed.
Van Hage at Peterborough One
For over 50 years Van Hage has established itself as a leading name in the garden and leisure industry, winning a number of prestigious awards. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, innovative products and exciting seasonal attractions, every Van Hage store is a familiar landmark for its local community and a welcome excursion for visitors from further afield.
Van Hage at Peterborough One stocks a variety of items that can help you create a haven in your outdoor space this National Gardening Week.
Why not spread the word this National Gardening Week? Show your support by sharing your gardening pictures on social media!