Dust off the gloves. Dig out the spade. Get ready to get your hands dirty. National Gardening Week is coming up 6th – 13th October 2017.

The Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.

This year’s National Gardening Week is about getting everyone into the garden, whether experienced, passionate gardeners or just starting out. During the week people are encouraged to help out in their community garden, lend a hand in a neighbour’s garden or get stuck in to their own.

Kiwis love their gardens – whether it’s a quarter acre or a few pots on the deck – everyone can experience the joy of gardening. It’s good for the soul!

Here are 10 things you could do during National Gardening Week:

1. Plant some vegies, flowers or herbs
2. Feed your plants to get them ready for the Spring growth spurt
3. Volunteer for a local replanting programme
4. Join your local garden club
5. Visit your Botanical Gardens
6. Lend a hand in your community gardens
7. Contact your local school to see if you can help with their gardening programme
8. Talk to your children/grandchildren about what is happening in your garden
9. Share some produce or flowers from your garden with a neighbour, friend or a group in your community
10. Take time to sit in your own garden or a public garden, close your eyes and breathe deeply!

To kick off National Gardening Week, from 1st – 13th October Yates will be giving a free packet of seeds to everyone who registers online

To celebrate our national love of gardening some of New Zealand’s great gardeners, young and old will be sharing their inspiring stories. If you are interested in telling one of these stories, please get in touch. Lianne Donovan : Tel: (09) 522 7125  Mob: 027 222 7348