It has never been eas­ier to sow a wild gar­den

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.

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