- A border fork – This tool is a little smaller than a regular garden fork and lets you can dig deep to clear weeds without disturbing surrounding plants.
- A hand trowel – This is really handy to dig out holes for planting once you used your fork to loosen the soil.
News – 20 April 2021 Next week (Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May) is National Gardening week, an annual celebration of gardens and gardening. With spring now well upon us and the weather improving every week, we wanted to encourage you to make the most of your garden, because gardening is not only good for your health and wellbeing, it can also be good for the environment! So we spoke to Emma Dagless, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, who is a keen gardener, to ask her for some gardening advice. Where do I start? BBC2’s Gardeners’ World is one of the best and most inspiring places to start if you want to get into gardening. It’s broadcast every Friday evening throughout the growing season and also available through iPlayer. Since the start of the pandemic they have invited viewers to send in their own video clips and these are really inspiring and full of helpful advice. The Gardeners World website also has plenty of helpful information. Another good recommendation is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website which has a wealth of information for beginners, wildlife gardening, choosing the right plants, gardening in containers and, if you don’t have a garden, advice on houseplants. It also has some wellbeing pages which are well worth a read. Disability and illness may present barriers, in which case the Thrive carry on gardening pages may be helpful. Once you start looking, you’ll quickly find other sources of information. All the above organisations have a social media presence and a quick search will reveal other groups, webpages, podcasts and tv shows. If IT’s not your thing, there are also plenty of books and magazines available. Does it cost a lot of money? Don’t be put off by pictures showing large flowerbeds, expensive paths and costly accessories. There’s plenty of information available about gardening on a budget as well as upcycling garden projects. However, to get started you’ll have to buy some tools if you don’t already have them. The tools and equipment I found to be the most useful if you’re starting a collection from scratch are: