29th March â€“ 4th April 2010
'Grow Your Own Week', part of the â€˜Gardenersâ€™ World Grow Yourself Healthyâ€™ campaign will take place from the 29th March to 4th April 2010. It aims to inspire those who want to grow vegetables but may not know how.
The initiative encourages those who already grow veg to donate a plant or some seeds to family, friends or neighbours to get them started. It also suggests activities that could be organised to promote â€˜grow your ownâ€™, including
- Offering plants to schools or sharing them on Freecycle
- Hosting a sow and swap plant party to help people get started
- Organise a plant event where local people can swap plants. Seeds and growing tips
If you would like more advice then visit the BBCâ€™s â€˜Dig Inâ€™ website. There are video guides on growing different kinds of vegetables, how to plan growing space from window sills to a veg patch and a newsletter with top tips for growing. On offer is a freeâ€™ Dig Inâ€™ pack, containing seeds for five easy-to-grow veg varieties, full instructions and stickers.
Of similar interest â€˜The Ministry of Foodâ€™, an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London marks the seventieth anniversary of the introduction of food rationing in Britain and will show how the British public adapted to a world of food shortages. The exhibition shows how growing your own food, eating seasonal fruit and vegetables, reducing imports, recycling, and healthy nutrition were just as important in 1940 as they are today. The exhibition runs until the 31st December 2010.
Date Added: March 22nd 2010