A study has revealed there is a fundamental lack of gardening grow-how knowledge - and with it, no understanding about the benefits our outdoor areas can bring
The research, conducted by Dobbies, saw 2,000 adults polled, and revealed only seven per cent of respondents grow their own produce. This comes despite 29 per cent acknowledging the benefits that come from growing your own.
It's interesting that this comes even though the most expensive part of our weekly shop is, on average, the fresh fruit and veg. With 36 per cent of adults looking for ways to lower their weekly food costs, working on our garden know how could be a solution we need to try.
Dobbies has suggested that would-be gardeers are falling at the first hurdle when they're trying to grow their own, and are subsequently getting their confidence knocked. In fact, many of us would feel uncomfortable trying to grow their own, with some of our favourite vegetables, including tomatoes (47 per cent), parsnips (54 per cent) and broad beans (45 per cent) amongst those to that we'd struggle to grow.
With 24 per cent of us saying their garden makes them feel happy, there are numerous benefits to heading outside, and going back to nature that go further than simply serving up a first homegrown meal.
We're all looking to achieve a more sustainable garden, with a key component being food waste - not only is it a great way to recycle your waste, but it also provides you with a free nutrient rich garden compost.
It was also revealed that only nine per cent of us will actually use food waste as a compost.
We’ve partnered with Dobbies this week to give you the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend instore! For your chance to enter, simply follow both @homestylemaguk and @dobbies, and then share your garden tip with us, using the #GrowHowKnowHow - good luck.