As the gardening year begins in earnest, this is the perfect time to start growing your own fruit and veg – and this weekend the RHS has all the information and support you’ll need to get started.
Visit a RHS gardens this weekend to get some advice, have some great fun, play games and try a bit of cooking.
Here’s a taste each garden’s activities:
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
This year you could try and grow some tasty fruit and vegtables in your garden.
There will be practical demonstrationsbetween 10am to 5pm, and RHS staff will be giving short practical planting demonstrations packed with hints and tips on digging, planting potatoes, sowing seeds such as peas, broad beans and lettuce
There will also be loads of family activities in the Glasshouse Gallery. Learn how to sow and grow broad beans, or balance, hide and explore you way around the Wild at Wisley play area.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
As well as gardening tips, get your hands dirty with pea planting and potato chitting!
Bring along a quirky container from home and you’ll get help in planting it up with veggies so the whole family can watch them growing. Then get your potatoes prepared for planting.
And if you’ve ever wondered how to get started keeping your own free range hens, there will exhibits on how to get started.
And not forgetting, make and bake your own herb bread with the last of the harvest crop.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex
As well as gardening tips, there’ll be lots of opportunities to sow seeds and enter the Great Brussel Sprout Challenge!
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
There’s special seed sowing workshops for children each day at 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm, with a chance to make pots out of bio-degradable paper, fill them with compost and plant with quick-growing salad leaves, peas, beans or cress.
Find out more at www.rhs.org.uk/Grow-Your-Own