Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies and pastimes in the UK today, and there are literally millions of avid green fingered growers who lavish love, care and attention on their gardens, yards, window boxes or whatever they have available to them.
There is something almost magical about taking a shabby piece of ground and turning it into a thing of beauty through planting seeds and bulbs and watching them grow, and it has to be one of the most self satisfying hobbies of them all. Taking a packet of seeds or a bulb and watching their progress and nurturing them into a fully grown plant is really something quite special.
One of the best things about gardening, and just one of the reasons why it is so popular, is the fact that it is so adaptable and you can work with whatever space you have available. Those with small back yards manage to work wonders by growing flowers and vegetables in pots and planters and make a dull, grey concrete space into their own little Garden of Eden where they can sit and enjoy the fragrance of the flowers and watch the progress of their other creations.
At one time gardeners had to travel around garden centres and nurseries or read books to find out information on what they could grow where etc and to buy compost, plant feed and other such peripherals. With the inception of the Internet, the resources now available to gardeners has gone through the roof and they can literally pop on line, find out anything they need to know, and order anything they want and have it delivered to their door.
If you have a garden or are lucky enough to have an allotment then you effectively have a blank canvas which you can work with to create a vital green space amongst urban sprawl. Urban gardening is the latest trend and those living in areas not normally associated with greenery are transforming the likes of roof tops and balconies into their own little paradise with a variety of plants and flowers that are suitable to the environment they are growing them in.
One of the most fun aspects of gardening is learning from scratch, as even those who kill a house plant within a week buying it can turn those black fingers into ones that are greener than Kermit’s. Outdoor gardening is a whole different ball game from trying to keep a plant alive in conditions that isn’t really prevalent to its development, and with very little knowledge you can create yourself a haven of relaxation.
Many gardeners are also supporters of charities that work with plants and horticulture such as the Royal Horticultural Society, the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, or NCCPG, and other such organisations. Membership to these organisations not only gives you access to an unlimited database of information and resources and gives you the chance to visit all sorts of events and activities that they organise in order to keep their vital work going.