There has been a large rise in interest in gardening since lockdown began. With many people staying at home they have been looking at ways to occupy their time and with the weather being so favourable, many have been spending a lot of time in any outside space they have.
At TDP we realise all the benefits that can add to the enjoyment of using outdoor spaces at any time, but especially during the current pandemic.
As Spring is now upon us we have seen an upsurge in orders and interest in our planter range.
From the traditional and elegant Ipstone to the funky and colourful Litton planter and larger Longwood.
Gardening has a positive benefit on our mental and physical health in several ways which can be explained through the 5 steps to wellbeing.
Gardening is a great way to keep fit. With so many activities that can be done in the garden it can be a whole-body workout. From stretching to prune or weed, bending to dig and pushing and pulling a lawnmower, you can work up quite a sweat! It is a great way to get a daily dose of vitamin D as long as you remember the sunscreen.
A lot of people have commented that the birds have seemed louder since lockdown. The birds haven’t turned the volume up but with the absence of traffic noise, people have become more aware of the birdsong while out on their daily walk or in their garden. Lockdown has been a perfect time to become more aware of what is around us, from the birdsong to the leaves unfurling on the trees.
Gardening is an ideal activity to do with children. It combines maths, science, nature and is a valuable contribution to home schooling. Children can plant out seeds and learn how to care for them from watering them, pricking out and planting on and ultimately harvesting and eating their produce.
In this time of lockdown, we haven’t been able to connect in the same ways as before with people other than those we live with. People have found innovative ways of connecting, using online meetings, WhatsApp and Facebook groups. A lot of community gardens have moved online with social media groups where people share ideas, photos and tips.
One thing about sowing seeds is that you almost always grow too many! These make ideal presents to pass on to neighbours to grow on so they can enjoy some homegrown produce or pretty flowers to brighten a windowsill.