Grow something you can eat

FACT: Lettuce, peas and radishes are just a few vegetables that are found in a summer garden. But did you know these same vegetables also can be grown in space? Crew members aboard the International Space Station have been growing such plants and vegetables for years in their "space garden."

TIP: December is the perfect time to prepare your beds for planting seeds in the spring. Next year you could be eating your own home grown festive veg!

With the winter season fully upon us, it’s a great time to plan ahead and work out what fruit and veggies you want to grow for next years’ Christmas dinner! In the meantime, save all of your uncooked waste for compost – this will provide you with some rich soil by the time you get planting and growing. Ask your council to provide a composting bin as these are usually subsidised. The council will often give out wormeries too which can help decompose your food waste into rich soil. What a Christmas treat.

Grow your own and support a community

Buy a seed and grow a community this Christmas! Purchase a seed pack from Kings Seeds and 20% of the price will go towards helping volunteer gardening groups in some of the UK’s most deprived communities. The money will help the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, a national charity dedicated to giving people access to a bit of green space where they can grow their own food, get some exercise, learn new skills, make new friends or just relax in peace.

Here’s a great seasonal growing calendar from the Royal Horticultural Society to help you plan your growing:

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