1. Join a country garden share scheme
Short on planting space? Meet local landowners willing to share their
gardens in exchange for a green-fingered helping hand – and perhaps a fresh carrot or two! Local garden share websites, such as this one for gardeners in Totnes, bring together would-be growers with those who have land to spare.
2.Clear away the cobwebs
It's spring-cleaning time! Forget chemical laden products – natural solutions are just as effective. Did you know that the cooking water of peeled potatoes is perfect for shining silver cutlery? Or that mayonnaise can be used to buff wooden furniture? Forgotten Ways for Modern Days (£14.99, Kyle Books) by Rachelle Blondel is packed with traditional tips and tricks to keep your home spick and span.
3. Love seasonal produce
Enjoy a quarterly delivery of products handmade using organic ingredients harvested at Trill Farm in Devon. The Spring box costs £85 and is packed with goodies – exact contents are a surprise, but might include herbal tea, vinegars, cordials, herb-infused beauty products and much more!
4. Say it with flowers
Herbs and flowers convey secretly held sentiments, from love and happiness to mistrust. Since the 1400s people have made and gifted posies
(called tussie-mussies). To make one yourself, choose a symbolic flower for the centre, surround with sprigs of herbs and tie with twine.
5. Reconnect with nature
‘Put down your devices and connect a little with nature' is the philosophy behind 365 Nature by Anna Carlile (£25, Hardie Grant Books) – a stunning coffee table book that's packed with craft projects, recipes and activities inspired by the great outdoors.
Featuring easy-to-follow steps and beautiful photography, chapters are organised by season – try sprouting your own seeds or weaving a willow wreath this spring!
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