Since that time, it’s grown (no pun intended) to be one of the biggest events in the gardening calendar, a time when gardeners of all ages and abilities get together, share ideas, plant, dig, weed, mulch and generally roll their sleeves up for the good of the great outdoors.
From planting a tree to building a bee hotel, there are loads of ways to get involved that you can check out here.
But one of the best ways to join in is to take a look at your outside space and get planting. To help you get going and get growing in everything from a full garden to a single plant pot on your window ledge, we’ve hand-picked some unusual ways to help you make more of every growing space.
Grow a herb garden
Not quite Alan Titchmarsh? Love plants with a purpose? Then herbs are the ones for you. Cook with them, make tea, infuse your home with earthy perfumes or use them as natural medicines. There are loads of things you can do with the humble herb, and you may be surprised at how many different varieties we can grow right here in the UK.
If you’re planting in a container, follow the advice of the RHS and sow herb seeds such as basil, marjoram, coriander, and French tarragon indoors in spring for planting outdoors when there’s no risk of frost. Herbs like mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage can live outside all year round.
Also, make sure you choose containers that give herbs a deep root run. Use gritty, well-drained compost.
Make play while the sun shines
Why should your outdoor space be solely for grown up enjoyment? Kids can get loads out of their very own patch where they can dig, explore, build and get as muddy as they want. Making a dedicated play spot for little ones can be as easy using border edging to create a small space that you can plant with aromatic herbs for sensory play and equip with a few kid’s garden tools. Make sure it doesn’t contain any sharp stones or edges and let them get on with it. Perfect for growing minds.
Stack ‘em high
Vertical gardens are really on-trend at the moment and are a far more efficient way to maximise your space. From stacking clay pots, to using trellises, old wooden pallets and even material with added pockets for your plants, the only way is up when it comes to making your space ace. Use your imagination and you’ll see just how ‘verte’ vertical can be.
Raise your game
Raised beds are a perennial garden favourite when it comes to growing vegetable and for good reason. Not only do they make weeding and upkeep easier as there’s less distance to reach, but there’s also a nice straight edge to work up to. They also keep the soil warmer for longer (great for growth) and help keep it well drained. Plus, they’re relatively easy to build in an afternoon from recycled timber. Why not bring the good life to your life and add them to your garden or yard?
The shabby chic look doesn’t need to be confined to the inside of your abode. Yes, upcycled furniture has a place outside, too. Old shutters can be repurposed as vertical plant pot holders (see above), chairs can be weatherproofed and given a second life as pot stands and old chests of drawers, opened up to the elements, filled with compost and turned into a unique stand for your prize plants. Hit the local charity shops and see what you can find.
Pretty and fragrant, flowers are a great way to brighten up your outside space and as well as pleasing the eye, they’ll attract bees and butterflies, too. Even better, most are really easy to grow in pots or containers. Sunflowers grow up to 14ft tall and are a big hit with kids, sweetpeas climb and provide masses of flowers and Californian Poppy is a flower that loves dry soil so a great one if regular watering is not your thing.