It has never been easier to sow a wild garden
GARDENING has taken on a new relevance as public awareness grows about the need to create pollinator-friendly environments in order to protect the bee population and ultimately save the planet.
In the new environmental war taking place in defence of bio-diversity, your garden needs you - army enlistments are currently taking place a garden centre close by!
Many of the plants currently available in nurseries come with a sticker indicating whether they are pollinator-friendly or not. Make sure that the seeds and plants you buy have not been treated in any way with additives that may prove damaging to bees.
You don’t have to own a big garden to be a gardener and you don’t have to have green fingers either. You just need to be interested and to consistently devote a small amount of time to the task.
In fact, it’s never been easier, since we are now all being encouraged to sow wild meadows and wild flower gardens that don’t require as much weeding and maintenance.
Local authorities are even cutting back on their verge-trimming, hedge-cutting and grass-mowing to provide bee-friendly environments. It’s not all about manicured lawns anymore.
The effort that you put into gardening, whether in growing flowers or vegetables, is rewarded in abundance, in the form of beauty and bountifulness all around you.
It’s one of the most rewarding hobbies you can have and is therapeutic for your physical and mental health.
Spending time in nature, whether you are relaxing or working, is guaranteed to lift your spirits.
Keen gardeners do it for the sheer pleasure of it and many will tell you they prefer be in the garden than inside tackling chores in the house.
The challenges of the day fade away as you become immersed in tasks in the fresh air, digging the earth, weeding and planting seeds while absorbing the sounds of wildlife around you.
It is tiring work but relaxing and satisfying at the same time. To see plants that you are responsible for growing and thriving is immensely rewarding.
To taste your own fresh vegetables, potatoes or strawberries is a great thrill. It’s not only satisfying but a source of great pride.
You don’t need a lot of land to start growing your own vegetables and fruit. If you live in an apartment in the centre of town, you can grow produce in large pots.
If you would like to start gardening and growing your own vegetables, there is plenty of professional help out there.
Garden centres stock all the plants, seeds and equipment you need and are generally staffed with people who love gardening themselves and have a wealth of experience and knowledge to impart.
Taking that first tentative step into gardening is something you will never regret. It will make you happy and keep the bees happy too.