Embracing National Gardening Week: Cultivating Joy and Sustainability

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EMBRACING NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK: CULTIVATING JOY AND SUSTAINABILITY

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Embracing National Gardening WeekSince its inception in 2012, National Gardening Week (NGW) has grown into a much-loved yearly event that has won over the hearts of garden enthusiasts throughout the UK. Every year, this week-long celebration gathers hundreds of people who are ready to hold events, share their love of gardening with others, and flaunt their green thumbs on social media.

NGW

NGW highlights the significant positive influence gardens and gardening can have on improving our lives and communities. It acts as a trigger to encourage others to take up gardening and discover the delight of creating lovely green places, particularly with the younger generation.

Since we have personally experienced the power of gardening, we both fully embrace the spirit of National Gardening Week. Our little idea to cultivate our vegetables in our back garden served as the inspiration for our gardening adventure. In 2022, we began with a single raised bed and quickly expanded our garden project into a flourishing home allotment plot.

Sustainable Gardening Methods

Embracing National Gardening WeekWe haven’t wavered in our dedication to sustainable gardening methods during the past few years. We cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, flowers, and bee-friendly plants in our garden to make sure that they not only feed our family but also act as a refuge for pollinators. Our garden is proof of the bounty a tiny plot can produce, with tomatoes growing in our conservatory and parsnips, potatoes, and carrots flourishing in pots alongside our raised beds.

Because we were concerned there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day, we didn’t want to commit to an allotment plot. It’s also so much more fun and convenient now that everything is out the back door. We have made every effort to use as many recycled and repurposed materials as we can, from constructing a retaining wall to finding our water buts and composters on Facebook marketplace. Pallet collars have been reused to make the raised beds and we have used a no dig method to use all of our home compost.

Organic Food

Not only has eating organic food improved our health over the past year, but it has also improved our mental well-being. Making the most of our breaks from daily work and indulging in titivation in the garden has been priceless. We can spend hours deadheading the flowers and planting out the seeds. The majority of which we have saved from other fruits and vegetables that we ate.

We have more goals in mind than just this little garden haven. We aspire to create our own smallholding, where we can be more self-sufficient. We intend to leave a legacy of environmental care and encourage others to start their gardening journeys by caring for the land and embracing the idea of sustainable living.

National Gardening Week

Embracing National Gardening WeekWe invite you to join us in celebrating gardening during National Gardening Week, which falls during the first week of May alongside other initiatives later in the month. There has never been a better time to sow your seeds, promote sustainability, and strengthen your bond with the natural world, whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice. If you want to learn more about the vegetable plot, follow Eco Ems Gifts on TikTok. Where we documented the entire process from start to finish last year. Additionally, you can explore some of the websites listed below or follow the hashtag #NationalGardeningWeek for additional information.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/national-gardening-week
https://www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk/
https://www.arkwildlife.co.uk/national-garden-wildlife-week-uk/

Happy Gardening

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, Embracing National Gardening Week: Cultivating Joy and Sustainability.

Peace and love

Eco Em xx

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