Whilst we are adapting to the many changes to work and homelife, the opportunities to incorporate nature and gardening is presenting itself. The practical steps you can take in your home and garden are many, and there are activities to suit all needs and skill levels in enjoyable and meaningful ways. Try growing your own tropical houseplants from kitchen scraps such as avocado seeds and pineapple tops, or create a sensory herb garden on your windowsill using empty tin cans. Grow herbs such as basil, parsley, mint and chives. They will thrive in a sunny spot indoors. Sprouting seeds is also an ideal way to produce some salad sprouts, especially in tiny spaces.
The work will never end in a garden, there is always something to do. If you are an avid gardener already, why not try to grow something new this year which you can dedicate the time and effort to learn about these new plants and their needs. If you do not have a garden, know that gardens can be everywhere. You can find your garden by your front door, steps, balcony or a rooftop. Gardening offers a place where trial and error is welcome, so let your imagination flow freely. You can easily start small, growing in little pots or tin cans. Salad greens such as lettuce, rocket and chard are easy to grow in small spaces, and many baby leaf greens are ready to harvest in only 4-5 weeks.
If you are completely new to the idea of gardening, there is no need to purchase expensive equipment. Have a look at what you have already got before purchasing any growing boxes or fancy plant pots. Compost and seeds can be easily purchased online, and remember, the best tool you have for the job, is your hands.