LET YOUR GREEN FINGERS BLOOM...
The weather is not always predictable but the sun has decided to make an appearance for almost five consecutive days, and it’s National Gardening Week, so it’s important to make the most of it while it lasts! Spending time in the garden isn’t costly and with a few simple purchases, pruning, partying and playing in the garden can be made even more enjoyable.
Gardening is one of the best ways to help you de-stress after a long week and is something which the children or grandchildren can get involved in too. Encourage little ones by letting them plant and tend to their own seedlings and let them give you a helping hand.
For some inspiration in your quest to becoming green-fingered, we have selected some wonderful products to get you started. They’re all available on the high-street and can be purchased with your One4all Gift Card!
Tools for grown-ups
This tool kit has all the essentials to get you started and even better, everything is neatly tucked away inside a striped waterproof canvas tote bag. This clever little kit will help you keep organised and prepared. It is both durable and portable thanks to its convenient carry handle.
Inside you’ll find a hand trowel, bulb trowel, weed popper, 3 pronged cultivator, hand fork, small misting spray, secateurs, garden tie and gardening gloves. Available from Plant Theatre at Amazon (£16.99).
Tools for little ones
Give the children a set of their own tools and let them take care of their own patch. Using their suitably sized gardening set they will be able to copy their green fingered family members and will become a budding gardener in no time. It’s safe to use and is guaranteed to bring them hours of fun!
The set includes a wheelbarrow, spade, pitchfork and gloves. It’s suitable for children aged 3-5 when supervised by an adult. Available from Argos (£23.99).
Once the garden has been preened and is looking tidy, it’s time to get potting those plants and growing until your heart’s content! Whether it’s flowers or edible foods that you’re hoping to grow, you’ll find a variety of seeds to entice you. Find a wide selection at B&Q (prices from £0.50 per pack).
Restore and refresh
After a hard afternoon’s work you’ll deserve a rest! Recharge and enjoy your surroundings (which are hopefully now a little more beautiful) by having a picnic on the lawn.
Plate up your favourite sandwiches and cakes, and finish off with some cool lemonade or lashings of ginger beer. For a contemporary take on the tartan blanket and wicker basket, choose the Miss Print Little Trees Picnicware available from John Lewis (prices from £10–£80).
Enhance the peaceful tranquillity with some of your favourite relaxing tunes or keep up to date with the latest sports results with the retro Roberts Revival RD60 portable DAB radio, available from Currys (£159.99).
This modern leaf-green take on the traditional radio should do the trick. With its handy little carry handle for easy transport, it also has up to 120 hours battery life so you don’t need to rely on running extension leads!
For that extra bit of help
If you’re struggling to inspire your little gardeners then this best-selling book could be the one for you. An illustrated introduction for absolute beginners which covers all the basics whilst offering plenty of hints, tips and ideas.
It also gives information on how to grow indoors, using windowsills to grow plants in pots. Packed with lots of colour and wonderful illustrations this book is sure to please. Usborne’s Gardening for Beginners is available from Waterstones (£9.45).
So now you have no excuse not to get started in the garden - those green fingers will be blooming in no time!
If you’ve grown anything amazing or want to share some of your gardening handy work with us then please do post your pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to tell us what you’ve been planting and growing! Don’t have a garden? We’d love to see any indoor plants which you’re proud of!