Propagating by taking cuttings, whether from your own plants or ones you admire in neighbouring gardens, is a fantastic way of increasing the variety of plants in your own garden free of charge, and all you need are a sharp knife and patience.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.
The Food Growing Schools: London Partnership offers participating schools the required expertise, information and support to grow their own food and GardenSite is proud to offer such a generous prize.
Students are learning how to cultivate, cook and prepare an impressive range of food and then share it on a picnic day at their school. Along the way and throughout the summer term they are uploading photographs and updates on Twitter by using #GrowYourOwnPicnic.
They are discovering that it's only enthusiasm, water and sunshine that's required, not gardening experience and that the amount of space needed can be anything from a windowsill upwards. You can grow anywhere if everyone involved is willing to work together.
The project has received widespread praise including from Rosie Boycott, the Mayor of London's Food Advisor, who wants to see every school in London growing food, she says, 'We've made huge progress with many pupils now reaping the rewards of outdoor learning. This new initiative will help us go further and reach more schools'.
Free resources and expert advice are available on planning how and what to grow, and also how to get the local community involved with workshops, fairs and competitions culminating in the school family picnic day.
To win the £500 gift voucher, that can be spent on a huge variety of garden products ranging from garden planters to mini greenhouses like cold frames or even a shed for a little extra storage, schools will submit a 50 words or less description of their activities, school garden plans, picnic ideas or just say how the prize will assist their growing ambitions.
If you need a little bit of an insight on what you can start growing why not visit our handy guide, giving you great ideas for each month. In the guide you'll find inspiration to grow flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables you might not have even came across before, but they will certainly make you stand out from the crowd!
If you can't wait to get started then head straight to the Competition Form.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
Over the years GardenSite has regularly provided support and donated items to television programmes including Love Your Garden. A few months ago we were again contacted by the production company concerning a garden Alan Titchmarsh were planning to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.