Start growing some microleaves now, and within a fortnight you’ll be harvesting a flavoursome antidote to the recent mince pie overdose. Raid your seed stash for chard, coriander, radish, mizuna, fenugreek and fennel. Sow thickly into a seed tray filled with moistened seed compost, or vermiculite to the depth of your little finger. Don’t cover, but keep seeds moist and place on a sunny windowsill. Snip when 5-8cm tall and sprinkle on pasta, salads or fish.
Why not lure everyone outdoors in the post-festive lull by going geocaching, a hi-tech treasure hunt using GPS devices? Sneak in some plant-based sightseeing, too: many parks and gardens offer geocaching trails, including Nymans in West Sussex, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire and Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Find your local trail at geocachetrails.com.
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