Be at one with nature and get yourself some green fingers. Over the last year, we’ve come to rely on our gardens and green spaces more than ever. Many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical wellbeing and for National Gardening Week in 2021, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are celebrating the feel-good power of plants and gardens, highlighting the scientific links between gardening and wellbeing and sharing easy tips.
For lots more tips, advice and to find out how gardening activities can boost your personal wellbeing, visit the RHS website.
How to garden without a garden in North Halifax
If you don’t have a garden but would still like to cultivate those green fingers, the Gardeners World website has 10 tips on how to garden without a garden. You can also sign up to the Gardeners World email bulletin for a daily dose of gardening inspiration. The Paddock in Ovenden is a community garden, get in touch with Joan and Lynne and get growing with them, or just go along and have a chat.
There are self-managed and council owned allotments or options to grow on council land. The Todmorden’s Incredible Edible and RHS community garden sites have lots of hints and inspiration and explains the benefits of community gardening for both people and places. If you’re a Together Housing resident you can even win prizes in their Garden Competition.
Grow your own veg
There’s something magical about growing your own vegetables; it’s rewarding, healthy and fun and it’s also cheap, good quality and there’s zero food miles. Why not have a go and see what you can produce this year either in your garden, in hanging baskets or on your windowsill. Have a look at this beginners guide to get you started.