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He might be a prince (and a baby prince, at that) but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to do some work around the castle.

Prince Charles has revealed that he likes to see George do some gardening, and even has him planting trees in their home.

Charles told BBC Radio 4 that the two-year-old has already been digging up a storm:

"The most important thing is I got him planting a tree or two here, so we planted it together and shovelled in the earth.

"I always like gardening – I hate to say this – from a child's point of view. It's a funny thing, because I have such happy memories of bits of garden at my grandmother's house,” said the 67-year-old.

"In Scotland and here [Highgrove] I have tried to design it with what would appeal to a child; it is the paths and the interests.

"I have tried to do that at Dumfries House as well. We have made a maze now up there which is rather fun, and I adored a maze when I was young. You just put yourself in the child's position and sometimes it works."

When we were two-years-old we doubt we even cared about gardening, but Charles sure sounds like he makes the work fun for George. And we'd just love to see that maze!



If you’re living in an apartment you might think that you have no hope of growing your own vegetables. Well, think again. If you have a balcony, there’s nothing to stop you from growing your own vegetables and herbs on it. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Use synthetic soil
It’s best for when you’re gardening in containers. Wood chips, peat moss and sawdust are all great, and it’s not a bad idea to put coarse gravel at the bottom of the container before you put in the soil as it will improve drainage.

Remember to water them
When you lead a busy life remembering to water your balcony plants may be the last thing on your mind, but if you don’t water them once a day, they just won’t make it. Don’t over-do it either as you can drown them, and if your balcony gets rain, then obviously you don’t need to water them on rainy days.

Make sure they will get enough light
It’s good to observe your balcony and figure out the spots that get the most light. This is where your plants will thrive.

Pick the right vegetables
Some vegetables do better in containers than others. Carrots, for one, aren’t great in pots, but lettuce is. Tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber and peppers are all good options too, aswell as any kind of herb.

Germinate seeds indoors
Sometimes it can be handy to plant the seeds indoors and then transfer them to containers when they’re stronger.

It’s good to feed your plants as well as water them since they’re not in the ground. Get some fertiliser to add to your watering can from you garden centre.

Pick ‘em when they’re ripe
Make sure to harvest your vegetables, when they’re at their peak of ripeness to get them at their tastiest.

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It’s time to go old-school.

Put down the laptops, phone, switch off the TV and get happy!

These hobbies will give you a sense of well-being – see which one suits you best.

1. Reading
Join a library and get lost in the thousands of other worlds out there.

2. Cooking
Cooking may look stressful on the TV shows but in your kitchen it can be a relaxing and tasty hobby to have. Your family and friends will definitely appreciate it!

3. Walking/Hiking
Get out there and see the world on foot. It’s far more beautiful that way. Check out all of the amazing walks that are right on your doorstep.

4. Running
Running is almost a therapeutic activity for so many people. Start with a walk-jog-walk if you are new to it. You will find running will be your time to think and be free.

5. Knitting
This hobby isn’t just for your nan! Who doesn’t love a warm woolly scarf in autumn? Pick your own colours and click, click away content and relaxed.

6. Candle-making
A cheaper way to make your home smell lovely. Great for giving as gifts too!

7. Writing
Write anything you want: poetry, short stories, your day, anything! Just write. As Hélène Cixous said: “Write yourself. Your body must be heard.”

8. Gardening
It is very rewarding to see a garden come to live from your own work. Even if you don’t have a garden, that shouldn’t stop you from growing herbs on your kitchen sill.

9. Decorating
Get into home improvement! Use your home as a blank canvas and make it into whatever you like. Use DIY as much as you can for personal touches.

10. Jewellery-making
There is so much inspiration out there, choose your style and create it!