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National Gardening Week  – 19th to 26th October 2020

Whilst Kiwi’s will remember 2020 for the year we banded together against COVID-19, many of us also found solace in our gardens or in fact embraced gardening for the first time.

2020 will also be the 5th year gardeners across the country will celebrate National Gardening Week, a national love of gardening. 

National Gardening Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  Whether it’s a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening.  It’s good for the soul!

This year our theme is "Planting for a better Planet".  Planting for a better planet has never been more important - for food, for the environment and for health.   The call is out to New Zealanders to get growing this National Gardening Week and reap the rewards of home-grown food.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re planning any gardening events in October – you can get in touch here.

To help kickstart your vegie patch and live a more sustainable life, Yates will be lending a helping hand.    Just register online (come back to this webpage) between 1st and 18th October to receive a free packet of vegie seeds.  And the free seed offer is timed perfectly to get kids into the garden in the October school holidays.

Top 10 reasons to grow your own food.

  • Fresh vegetables, straight from the garden, when you want them
  • Better tasting food (not sitting on shelves/chillers)
  • Fruit and vegetables can ripen on the plant. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early
  • Children will eat more fruit and vegies if they come from their own garden
  • Minimise your environmental impact
  • Save money
  • Sets children up to learn how to garden and grow their own food
  • Food safety – you’ve grown it… you know where it’s come from
  • Reduce waste – pick only what you need and share or swap what you don’t need with neighbours and friends.
  • Gardening reduces stress and improves physical and mental health

In the lead up to National Gardening Week the Yates Growing Community, kicked off 7th September.  This blog is an ideal forum for gardeners to come together to share their successes, problems and aspirations while having fun growing.  There are great prizes up for grabs, and it’s open to all skill levels, including newcomers – you just need a passion for gardening and a willingness to share your journey.  To sign up (you just need to be a Yates Garden Club member) and get involved click HERE.

Watch this space, and sign up to join the Yates Garden Club if you would like to be kept in the loop on events, inspiration and promotions over National Gardening Week.