Our top five tips for gardening at home

Right now, it’s all about finding happiness in the little things. For people with green fingers or beginners in the gardening department, we’ve rounded up our top tips for gardening at home.

Gardening is a great way to pick up a new hobby, boost your mood and it counts as an aerobic exercise. It can even be done within the safety of your home during this time.

Utilise what you have

No matter if you live in a house, flat or somewhere like a care home, there is opportunities for you to start gardening.

You don’t need an allotment, garden or other outdoor space to get started, even your windowsill can become a haven for plants, herbs, fruit and veg.

The key to gardening while you are in the house is making the most of the space you have. An empty corner, window box or spare kitchen shelf could be the perfect place to put a plant or grow your own.

Get creative

At the moment, getting out to your local garden centre or shop might not be a realistic option, but you can still start gardening at home.

If you don’t have any seeds to hand, leftover or old food is the perfect starter. A host of vegetables can be grown from old wrinkly ones that have been forgotten about.

Potatoes, garlic and onions are all easy to re-grow using old items. Wait until shoots start to form and then plant in shallow soil.

Herbs are also easy to re-grow at home. Take a herb like basil which has a stem and place it in a glass of water, making sure it gets enough sunlight. Once roots start to form the new plant can be transferred to soil and left to grow.

Do you research

Depending on where you live, what time of year it is and how much space you have, you will be able to grow different things. Doing your research is key.

Gardening organisations like the Royal Horticultural Society and BBC Gardening provide information and advice on what to grow, where to grow it, and when.

This will give your plants a better chance of success and leave you with better produce in the long run.

Research is also key to learn how to best care for your plants. How much water and sunlight they need, if they can be out in the wind and what temperature they flourish in are all key components in the care process.

Be patient

As the famous saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.

You might not get the perfect plant the first time you try and garden at home, but with time you will learn the do’s and don’ts of your gardening space and what will grow best.

Get social

Gardening at home can be a therapeutic hobby and a great distraction during stressful periods of time, but it also a chance to connect with like-minded people.

You could join a gardeners forum, join a group on a social media platform, or even start your own.

Have you been trying your hand at gardening? Share your photos with the #EnableCommunity on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

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