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In these difficult times, try to make the most of this special time of year as longer and warmer days begin to emerge and new life starts to appear.
Whether going on a local walk, standing on a balcony or watching out of a window, it is good to appreciate what there is to see and hear around us. If you can get out into woodlands, it's also a great time to spot the bluebells in bloom.
Don't forget, if you are on your walk, take the umbrella in case of an April shower (although this April has seen lots of sun) and observe social distancing!
If you fancy growing your own veg, now is the time to give it a go. There are plenty of varieties to choose from.
Sow indoors for tomatoes, salads, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins, and aubergines.Peas, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, spring onions are some of the seeds to sow outdoors.
Once your seedlings are large enough to handle and have one or two leaves it’s time to give them more room to grow. Greg Leeson, Historic Royal Palaces Horticultural Manager shows you how to prick out seedlings in this easy step by step video guide.
Also check our gardening top tips for more help in your garden with some Q&A's.
Look forward to wonderful summer flower displays by planting your tender summer bulbs. There are lots to choose from including gladioli, dahlia and agapanthus.
Put sugar into a saucepan and add the water to make a syrup. Slowly bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 mins and then take off the heat to cool down.
Juice the lemons and oranges and add to the syrup once cool. Stir and add water gradually to dilute the mixture to get the desired taste. Put into a jug to serve.