Gardens and Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg Back on Brits’ Radars as Weather Warms Up

March is not even here yet but some warm days in the closing stages of February saw Brits start to think once again about those summer barbecues in the garden and getting their flowers and shrubs shipshape.

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Spring is in the air and gardens and barbecues are once again on Brits' radars

What’s also not in doubt is that more and more people are turning to growing their own fruit and veg, as fuel and food prices go through the roof

(PRWeb UK) February 27, 2011

March is not even here yet but some warm days in the closing stages of February saw Brits start to think once again about those summer barbecues in the garden and getting their flowers and shrubs shipshape.

In the last week of February, searches for second hand garden furniture on free classifieds website, Vivastreet, shot up relative to the week before, having grown gradually throughout February. Especially popular with sun-starved Brits, still reeling from a harsh winter, were second hand patio sets.

Gardening and greenery were also very much on people’s minds last week. Visits to Vivastreet’s Garden Plants category spiked during the last week of February when the sun came out, while second hand garden tools also proved popular. It’s without doubt the time of the year we get on the wellies and get outdoors.

March is arguably the biggest month of the year for feeding and dressing soil with manure, compost or organic fertiliser. It’s also the busiest month of the year for sowing and planting, with everything from new potatoes and parsnips to beetroot and broad beans being bedded into the soil.

The grow your own veg trend has certainly become a lot more popular in the current economic climate. Polls estimate that around a quarter more of us are now growing our own, with traditional veg such as carrots, onions, peas, beans and spuds most popular with green-fingered Brits.

Unsurprisingly, there was also a noticeable increase in the number of new garden furniture and tool ads placed in February, up on January and almost double that of December, as people seek to cash in on the usual seasonal demand for all things gardening-related. Garden tables and chairs were two of the most popular items put up for sale during the last week of February.

Here are Vivastreet’s Top 5 Gardening Tips for March:

  •     Test your growing soil for its pH (is there too much acidity or alkalinity?)
  •     Prepare the soil in your vegetable garden for planting with compost, manure or peat moss
  •     Rake, aerate and mow your lawn in advance of the hotter summer months
  •     Weed and mulch your borders
  •     Protect your vegetable garden and borders from slugs

James Pass, UK Country Manager, Vivastreet.co.uk, comments:

"We expect our Garden Furniture and Plants sections to be two of the busiest on Vivastreet in the next few months, as the gardening bug and warmer temperatures return. Last week clearly marked the beginning of the outdoor season. What’s also not in doubt is that more and more people are turning to growing their own fruit and veg, as fuel and food prices go through the roof.”

About Vivastreet.co.uk

VivaStreet.co.uk is a free UK classifieds website. With around 120,000 ads, it is the largest classifieds website in the UK after Gumtree.

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