All things green: indoors gardening
While gardens are the perfect place to cultivate fruit, vegetables and pretty plants, they're not the only space you can do this in. If you're lucky enough to have a balcony then that too can be transformed into a natural plant paradise and if not, bring the green inside or make use of window boxes! Tomatoes are one nutritious vegetable that can easily be grown without a garden so long as they're placed in front of a bright window – just make sure to choose a variety that's happy growing in a smaller space and to use pots with good drainage holes. Even with a garden, tomato seedlings need to be started off indoors anyway around this time of year, before potting outside (either in your garden or on your balcony) when the temperature picks up. Herb gardens are another thing to begin growing around April and May time, and again, there's nothing stopping you from doing this indoors. Planted from seed, chives will need frequent watering and lots of sunshine – try and choose a South facing window where possible – while coriander will require thorough watering every time the soil gets dry. Although more successful when later moved outdoors, parsley can also be grown inside. Plus, all types of microgreens, including watercress, can be grown with ease on a windowsill.
Time to flourish
As indicated above, gardening is a wholesome, grounding (no pun intended) and rewarding activity that is great for your health and for the planet in more ways than one. A little greenery can have a big positive impact, so whether you've got a huge acreage or a sunny window spot, it's time to jump on the gardening band wagon! So, now that you're hopefully feeling inspired as to what to plant, seize the day and get sowing…