Growing your own fruit and vegetables can bring pleasure as well as provide healthy fresh produce to make meals more interesting.
After an enjoyable few months informing and promoting the joys of growing your own, one of our valued volunteers, David gave us this piece for our blog to give us his perspective on his contribution.
I have been helping the Come Eat Together team with their ‘Grow to eat’ activity for the past few months at many locations in the county. I have led short discussions on ‘Kitchen gardens for seniors’ for the participants.
It’s gratifying for me to note that the sessions are well received by them. They are pleased to learn the principles behind some routine gardening activities such as fertilizer application and pest control.
We take seedlings and seed packets to the meetings and offer them to those who attend. These have made it easy for people to start growing their own and has encouraged them to grow some vegetables in their homes, gardens and back yards.
Sara, Project Coordinator for Come Eat Together said
“We receive lots of positive feedback from Come Eat Together members who have been informed, motivated and inspired to grow fruit and vegetables at home. We have people who have started growing salads in old washing up bowls and planting potatoes in containers which once held flowers. There are tomatoes in porches and fresh herbs on windowsills for the first time”.
Some comments we have received include:
“I’ve learnt a lot about tomato plants and lots of tips on how to make them grow well”
“I liked that you can reuse all your plastic pots to grow plants in. No expensive equipment is needed”
“The speaker was so interesting I could have listened to him for much longer talk”
“I’ve learnt different ways to plant, nourish and care for plants and vegetables and how to keep slugs and snails at bay!”