Get your hands dirty and grow some grub! That's the message from the BBC as we call on the nation to Dig In.
Dig In urges everyone to start planting vegetables in gardens, allotments, window boxes or even yoghurt pots. You don’t have to trawl off to the garden centre to buy the seeds either, as you can click here to grab a free starter pack from their website which is also bursting with a fine crop of hints, tips and advice for beginners.
Gardeners’ World, The Green Balloon Club and CBeebies are providing full support for this tasty campaign. Regular updates will appear every week on Gardeners’ World while The Green Balloon Club will encourage tots to get out and planting too.
"There's never been a better time to grab a trowel and start growing your own.” said Gardeners’ World presenter Toby Buckland. “I'm throwing down the gauntlet to Joe and Alys in the Dig In "grow-bag" challenge - let's hope they're good losers!”
The starter packs are available on the Dig In website from 11th April and contain a variety of seeds to suit all gardens, climates and soils including Gardener’s Delight tomatoes, Lollo Rossa or Red Salad Bowl lettuce, Boltardy beetroot, Harrier or Hunter butternut squash and Early Nantes carrots. And then when harvest time rolls around, there will be tasty recipes featured on the website from top chefs including Nigel Slater so everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Nina Bell, BBC Dig In project executive, said: “We want to show everyone that you don’t need a huge garden to grow your own veg – a window sill, tiny terrace or your doorstep can be enough space to get growing. And, in these times of the credit crunch, this is a great opportunity to try your hand at a fun activity which is both sustaining and affordable: so Dig In for the credit munch!”
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