Gardening in some form
is one of the most popular activities in the UK.
It can range from looking after indoor plants and window boxes,
through tending a small patio or roof garden, up to care of an extensive
area of lawn, flower beds, shrubs and trees.
Many people also
grow their own vegetables and fruit, either in their garden or on a nearby small garden (or allotment) usually rented from the local
Entering your garden products in local
competitions is also part of gardening for some people, especially the
vegetable and flower growers.
British Gardening Online www.oxalis.co.uk/
HDRA (Henry Doubleday Research Association) www.hdra.org.uk/
National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens 01483 211465
National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners www.nsalg.co.uk/
Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk/
0207 834 4333
Allotment & Leisure Gardener
BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
The Kitchen Garden
The Water Gardener
Find a local gardening group
or club (see organisations above).
Take a class or course at your local
Consult books or magazines
on different types of gardening.
Check in your local library/paper
or garden centre for more information.
Skills and people
Gardening can be done by all people
whatever their age or sex. It can be quite energetic (for
example if you choose to do much digging), but it can also be taken very gently
and is popular with older people.
It is easy to take up,
though there are many skills involved in special types of growing if you
want to learn them.
Gardening is something that many people do at home, either on their own
or with other members of the family.
But many gardeners also belong
to local groups and clubs, where they can share experiences, get advice
and have social contacts. Clubs are also active in organising local
competitions for the best growers.
Equipment or clothing
Plants or seeds of some kind are obviously
essential, together with soil in the ground or containers in which to
grow them, and some basic tools.
There is a
wide variety of special equipment of different kinds (for e.g. pruning,
watering, lawn care, greenhouses etc) and many natural and chemical
fertilisers and care products.
There are also special garden shoes
and other garden clothing, though many gardeners just wear suitable old
A place or facilities
Your own house and garden,
however small, is the obvious place for gardening.
House plants can be grown almost anywhere, providing you choose the
variety suited to the light and heat conditions. Similarly only a
small outdoor area or conservatory is needed for larger containers.
Many more serious gardeners rent local authority allotments if their own
home provides an inadequate growing area.