Spring is almost here - the time a gardener's fancy turns to thoughts of sowing flower and vegetable seeds while looking forward to beautiful displays in borders and containers and abundant crops later in the year.
It is fine if you know what you are doing based on years of practical experience, but if you are new to gardening it can be a daunting time of year. There seems so much to do in such a short space of time and can you be sure you are doing it all properly anyway? It is all to easy to be put off before we even begin.
Fear not, for help is at hand if you have been bitten by the gardening bug, but are not quite sure how to get started.
Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has decades of experience in such matters and is preparing to share its knowledge at a special Get Set Grow day at its Ryton, Warwickshire, headquarters on Sunday, March 30.
It is urging everyone, young and old, to start growing and to share in the joys of spring. The event looks like a great start to the gardening year, especially for anyone who made a new year's resolution to eat more healthily in 2008.
Garden Organic's team of experts will be on hand to show visitors around the gardens and offer a plethora of advice for growing fruit and vegetables in all spaces, from huge gardens to tiny windowboxes.
It is quite surprising what can be grown in even very small areas. I regularly grow good crops of carrots and French beans in quite small containers on my patio, while my runner beans are among my sweet peas to make the best use of that space.
Garden Organic will be using the day to promote organic growing, food and lifestyle and will advise attendees on matters such as composting, organic ways to combat garden pests and diseases, as well as giving seed sowing demonstrations.
Gardening organically seems to be a choice which an increasing number of gardeners are making in these environmentally aware times.
Graeme Elliott, of Garden Organic, said: "Get Set Grow is a perfect day out for families, gardeners and gardening beginners. There will be plenty of activities to get stuck into, including demonstrations and guided tours of our organic gardens."
Visitors can tour the 10 acres of grounds and will enjoy one of the day's tours, while wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy a spring nature watch with ecologist Sally Cunningham. She will be watching out for swallows, butterflies, bees and tadpoles.
Admission to Get Set Grow at Garden Organic Ryton costs £6 per adult, which also includes admission for one child free of charge. Entry for concessions costs £5.50; additional children's entry costs £3 each. Admission is free for members of Garden Organic.
* For more information or to join Garden Organic, go to gardenorganic.org.uk or telephone 02476 303517.