As the national lockdown restrictions begin to lift, you might be looking to the future to try and find a new hobby that will get you outside so you can enjoy the fresh air and socialise? Or, perhaps you are looking for a hobby you can do as a personal project to occupy your time? Either way, why not jump into the world of gardening?
Gardening can be a social or individual hobby (or a bit of both), and Spring is the perfect time to start a new challenge. To help kick start your adventure into the world of gardening, we have come up with a list of tips, tricks, and deals.
You don’t have to become a gardening genius overnight. Sometimes, the smaller tasks like cleaning up your garden are satisfying, and oftentimes they are the best place to start. Once you have tidied up your small corner of the world, you will begin to see the endless number of possibilities and can plan what you’d like to do next. Also, it is incredibly cathartic to rip out weed seedlings and remove leaves, sticks and debris.
Plant, Plant, Plant
Got an area of your garden that looks unhappy or isn’t being utilised to the best of its ability? Why not turn it into your very own plant patch. You could plant fruit, veggies, or flowers. The possibilities for your garden are endless.
Make your compost!
Want to know a cost-effective gardening hack? Make your own compost. It might sound like a complex task to undertake, but we can promise you that it is so straightforward. To make your own compost, all you need is the kitchen and yard waste you have been throwing away. Fruit, vegetable peels, coffee grounds and grass clippings can be repurposed into composting materials.
It may sound pretty simple, but outdoor furniture is a great addition to any garden. By adding outdoor furniture, it will make empty spaces feel fuller and will feel more inviting. A great place to look for outdoor furniture is Argos.
With our discounts, NHS members can save when shopping for the latest outdoor equipment at Argos. Also, our Cashback cardmembers can earn up to 4% cashback when shopping at Argos.
DIY Plant Pots
Upcycling unused clutter and turning it into gardening decor is one of the many benefits of gardening. For example, why not take an old pair of garden boots or a worn-out basket and turn it into a bespoke plant pot? You could even use random items from around the house, such as cans (from canned goods), glass jars, old mugs and so much more.
What does every good gardener need? Tools! Having a good selection of tools at your disposal is one of the essential things for any gardener. Here is a list of the 10 most essential tools you will need:
- Hand fork
- Watering can
- Hand trowel
B&Q have a wide selection of tools for you to use to help you kick start your gardening journey. Did you know that our members can get B&Q Vouchers – 4% discount?
Gardening for those who don’t have a garden.
You might feel a little left out if you don’t have a garden or outdoor space, but don’t worry, we have got you covered.
If you are someone that likes plants but don’t have outdoor space, a great alternative is bringing the outdoors indoors. An easy, affordable, and effective way to do this is through hanging plants. Hanging plants are a great way to decorate and add brightness to awkward or limited spaces in your home.
Tip: Make sure your hanging plants are potted in a plant pot that catches water. That way, it won’t leak on your furniture or cat.
A couple of chopped chives here and some mint leaf there are a great way to make a basic meal look a little bit fancy. What’s even better is you can grow your own herbs indoors. There is a wide variety of herbs you can grow and use from the comfort of your own home. You can plant herbs in a pot and leave in on your windowsill. Over time, you can grow your own herbs, like:
For those of us who want to appear green but will undoubtedly forget to water our plants, one of the best things to invest in is a succulent. Not only are they cute to look at, but succulents are almost indestructible. They require very little attention, water, effort, or time – making them the perfect first plant!
Do you plan on making your Spring a little greener this year? We’d love to hear your gardening plans for Spring. Also, don’t forget to check out our incredible deals and discounts. We work with awesome brands so you can save money when shopping for the latest gardening tools and equipment.