M&S is launching free online lessons to get the nation gardening

Whether you’re lucky enough to have a garden that’s big enough to potter in, or just want to brighten up your windowsill or balcony with a little extra greenery, Marks & Spencer is here to help.

The British high street stalwart has announced that its M&S Food department is launching free online gardening classes to help keep the nation busy and brighten up our outdoor spaces, as we all continue to self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak.

M&S Gardening lessons
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The helpful web series, which launched on Thursday 2 April, has been created in collaboration with Blue Peter gardening presenter Lee Connelly, better known on Instagram as the Skinny Jean Gardener, and will cover everything from caring for your existing plants to growing fruit and veg.

Each week, the classes will cover a different topic, such as repotting and growing from seed, or nature and wildlife, and is designed for all ages and ability levels to be able to get involved. Essentially no matter how big or small your garden might be, there’ll be something new for you.

Lee said of the idea: ‘Now, more than ever, Brits are looking for fun things to do at home that not only keep themselves and their little ones entertained, but can also help them learn a new skill that they can continue to build on in the future.

‘Gardening is perfect for this – and the best thing about it is that it doesn’t matter whether you have a huge garden or just a windowsill – it’s so easy to get started.’

Lee Connelly
M&S Food

If you’ve been enjoying Zoom quizzes with friends and family during social distancing, you can also put your newfound gardening knowledge to good use, as Lee will also be hosting a regular ‘Super Saturday’ family quiz to kick off the weekend and put your learnings to the test.

And for those stocking up on their essentials in your local M&S store, you’ll find that its Little Garden seedlings kits – of which there is 12 different varieties to collect – are currently free with any M&S Food purchase; the perfect first project to start your growing journey.

To get involved and to catch up on last week’s edition, head to M&S’s Instagram TV channel, where new episodes will land each week.