You’ve planted your bare root trees, mulched your vegetable plot, and you know your hardy annuals from your tender perennials. You’ve experienced the joys of gardening first-hand, from the mental health benefits, to being able to produce your own fresh produce. If you’re outside the stereotypical gardening age bracket, there’s a high chance your peers may not have even considered getting green fingered. So here are some ways you can help others discover gardening, so they can experience the benefits of nature.
Spread the word
The easiest way of putting gardening on people’s radar is simple: tell them. Tell them about why you enjoy gardening, and the positive benefits you have experienced from getting back to nature. Talking to people about your hobby can also give you the chance to dispel any misconceptions people may have, for example, that you need a huge plot of land to get started. You could also direct people to other useful resources like our blog which provides a wealth of information, education and ideas for your garden.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, so a great way of striking enthusiasm into the hearts of your peers to show them your garden. Whether you have a huge landscaped lawn with a bountiful vegetable plot or simply a few pots on your windowsill, give others a guided tour when they visit your home, so they can see first-hand just how much fun gardening is and the things they can achieve. You can also take some snaps on your phone to show people when out and about. If you’re sharing your works of art to Instagram, make sure you tag us @primrose.co.uk so we can enjoy it too!
Some people may be open to the idea of starting their own garden, but aren’t quite sure where to start. So what better way to help get them going is there than a green gift. You could gift them with some seeds, or perhaps some pots or gardening tools to get their garden started. Our Plant Theory seed kits are a great option because they provide you with everything you need to start growing in a handy tube. Choose from zesty herbs, spicy chillies, purple vegetables, cocktail condiments, or bonsai trees.
Any road up
When people talk of gardening, most of their attention if focused on the traditional back garden. However, if you are fortunate enough to have a front garden that is visible from the road, that can be a great way to get people inspired. Plant a range of beautiful colourful flowers, and make sure to avoid any dense hedging so passers by can see your garden in all its glory. Before long, you’ll be the talk of the town, and people will be making detours past your house just to take a look.
If your vegetable patch is abundant, consider spreading the love and giving away your excess crops. Set up a produce stand outside your home, with a sign welcoming passers by to help themselves. Home-grown crops are often tastier than their supermarket-bought counterparts, so letting people taste your harvest can be a great way of inspiring people to start growing their own. It can also give those in need a helping hand.
If you have perennial plants in your garden, these can be a great way to help new gardeners get started. Plants such as primroses, irises, mint, and chives can be easily divided to propagate new plants. So a great way to spread the joy of gardening is to offer your offshoots to friends, family, and neighbours.
If you’re up for taking on a bigger project, a community garden can be a great way of getting people involved. Community gardens can be great places for people to learn more about gardening, grow their own food, and get to know their neighbours. Contact the local council to help find a location, then engage local schools, groups, and businesses to spread the word.