Hi, I’m Sharon, welcome to 15 minutes of green

Sharon de Botte, Publisher of 15minutesofgreen.comGardening vs life
My garden brings me a huge amount of joy. I love plants and wildlife and relish being outside. But, with a full-time job that keeps me at a desk for most of the day, and countless other commitments, I can’t always spend the time I would like to on it … and that used to stress me out.

15 minutes, every day
So, I set myself a challenge: to make 15 minutes of green a daily habit. I now try to do something useful in the garden for at least 15 minutes every day, because a daily 15-minute dose of weeding, digging, planting or pruning adds up to more than 90 hours of gardening a year. And that’s a lot of gardening!

Of course, I potter amongst the borders whenever else I get the chance, but by doing 15 minutes every day I no longer have to cram all the jobs into the weekend  … and that means I’m enjoying the time I spend in the garden again.

Perfectly imperfect
I’m also trying to quell my inner perfectionist, as I am beginning to realise that no garden is ever perfect; in fact, my garden is perfectly imperfect. It’s always changing and there are always things that need doing, but I am learning to delight in the little things and to be content with the garden at any given moment in time.

Baby steps
I am very much an amateur gardener, but here I hope to share my love of gardening and the natural world, along with my version of ‘how to’ (gleaned from expert sources and personal trial and error).

If your garden is making you feel overwhelmed, overstretched or overloaded, I hope that you will give the 15 minutes of green approach a go and learn to love your green space again.

Please do share your experiences and tips with me (I have a lot to learn), either by leaving a comment on this site, or on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Great site Sharon you have a new follower…..
    Grandad the Grey

  2. Love the site…great idea!

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