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How does your garden grow?

Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), National Gardening Week from 27 April – 3 May, is the biggest annual celebration of gardening in the country. With many of us finding ourselves at home, not perhaps with the spare time we’re used to, but needing to find ways to make the most of our surroundings during the lockdown, people are turning to gardening.

This year, National Gardening Week is focusing on providing advice and inspiration to help support this increase in interest. In fact, the RHS have seen millions more visitors to their site than ever before, asking for advice and researching ways to make the most of the different outside spaces they have.

Whether you have a window box, are cultivating a vegetable patch or are getting serious with bedding plants and building new areas, there is a way to get involved. According to a recnet OnePoll survey, 53% of adults said their mood was boosted when surrounded by greenery, so why not have a dabble and see how you get on?

If you’re not able to get some gardening underway at home, why not see if you can discover some hidden gems locally when you’re out on your daily exercise – take some photos and share the love with friends and family.

Team Mzuri have been spending some time flexing their green fingers too!

Lisa and her family have thrown themselves in a new vegetable patch and it has been a whole family effort – including expert gardener Grandad who is on hand via FaceTime to offer advice to the newbies. Whilst the seeds were nurtured inside in yoghurt pots and egg boxes, the heavy work of building the new raised bed outside got underway.

As the plants are transferred to the new vegetable patch, they have been diligently watered – tho perhaps not quite as often in the last few days given all the rain! – and to keep the slugs away, crushed up egg shells have been scattered in the beds.

It’s a veritable feast in the making with radishes, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, onions and dwarf beans all coming along nicely.

Alex’s usual idea of enjoying the garden involves a book, sunshine and a comfy chair. However, she’s been dabbling and trying her hand at growing some strawberries and is also taking part in a Sunflower Challenge with her son and some friends….though based on the lack of progress versus some of the other ‘competitors’ the tallest sunflower prize might be a little out of reach!

Luckily the bluebells and poppies are looking after themselves and are in full bloom, adding some lovely pops of colour to the garden too.

Katherine and Phil have also been hard at work in the garden. Having built a vegetable patch where mange tout, artichoke, cucumber and courgette are being scrupulously looked after in the hope of tasty meals to come – featuring makeshift supports made from sticks collected on walks nearby!

And with some spare paint unearthed in the garage, a beloved bench has been spruced up with the help of a power hose, sand and a lot of elbow grease. All that’s needed now is the sunshine, a sundowner and a few moments to sit back and enjoy all the hard work!

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