The garden – it’s one of the UK’s favourite love affair.

Whether yours is an acre or a humble pocket of vegetation, we love nothing more than to enjoy the outdoors within the comfort of our own private space.

And it’s no secret that the outdoors is good for our health and well-being. Spending just a while in the fresh air can reduce blood pressure, improve memory, and simply allow us to be present. And that’s before receiving our recommended amount of Vitamin D!

The outdoors is a natural de-stressor that allows us to switch off from our busy work schedules and reconnect with nature and the natural world.

BBQs, garden-parties, and sunbathing are our top reasons for heading out into our gardens – but it doesn’t end there.

Another great way to make the most of our outdoor space is to actually grow vegetables.

Growing vegetables isn’t just one more reason to bask in the sunlight. It’s a healthy, sustainable way to fill our cupboards – and our bellies.

Being from the UK, you’ll know too-well the unpredictable nature of our weather, and how this might put an abrupt end to our gardening work.

You’ll be glad to know, however, that growing your own vegetable garden doesn’t require gorgeous weather every day.

You don’t have to be the next Alan Titchmarsh, or the prodigy to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Growing your own vegetable garden is more accessible and do-able than you think. All it takes is a can-do attitude and the right guidance (and a bit of patience!)

Start something new today, and put your green thumb to use with this cheat sheet by Gardening Services London.