This week we are celebrating National Allotment Week a week early as everyone is out enjoying the warmer weather.
Our homes have their own allotments on site which residents enjoy looking after. As we know most of our residents are keen gardeners and several owned their own allotment.
According to the Kings Fund “increasing people’s use of green spaces has been linked to long-term reductions in health problems as well as higher physical activity and increased self-rated mental health.” It seems appropriate to be sharing the statement from The Kings Fund during #NationalAllotmentWeek.
They have grown a variety of produce including potatoes, beans, courgettes, marrow, beautiful sweet peas and much more in the making. Once collected, the residents prepare the produce to be used in the kitchen for meals.
If you fancy helping our homes create more allotments or give a helping hand in tending to the gardens, then we would love to hear from you.
This week Bramble Down residents have been taking advantage of the nice weather and planting more of their vegetable patch.
So far a large variety of herbs have been planted. The fruit and vegetable plot has so far got:- tomatoes, parsnip, carrots, sprouts, cauliflower, red cabbage, rhubarb, courgettes, radishes, lettuce and potatoes. The kitchen is looking forward to the wonderful home grown fruit & vegetables.
We do wonder whether a friendly competition between our homes regarding the growth and yield of crops would be welcomed. Last year Bramble Down won various prizes at The Denbury Flower and Produce Show:
- Brooking Trophy for the Floral Art Exhibit that most pleased the judges
- First Prize for wedding arrangement
- Second Prize for wedding arrangement
- Third Prize for their Dundee Cake
It is National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May a time to encourage gardeners to share their love of gardening.
National Gardening Week was launched seven years ago by Royal Horticultural Society and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.
Our blog today is written by Mark, our Plymbridge House gardener.
“It is here again”, time to start planning and getting all our residents idea`s, every year the residents partake in the garden as much as possible, especially with the 100 baskets which are put around the home’s gardens for everyone to enjoy.
I go and talk to the residents and ask them to choose what colours and style they would like in their basket, I try to match their ideas, it has worked every year and with the residents input we have won 5 Plymouth in Bloom Gold Medals. The Sensory Garden this year will have more attention to give maximum effect to create that area of the garden where you can go to smell, touch and reflect on the times past in a relaxed environment.
As the warmer weather approaches it also gives a chance to take residents out and about the grounds to see the beauty of every plant that has managed to overcome the horrid winter weather we have had. The Hostas are now just peeping through, the delicate leaves of the Acers are about to unfold, the bright new growth of the Evergreens, Reds, Yellows and the Pale Greens all remind us to get busy, Spring is here. Just about to be brightened up, are the shaded areas, there are lovely blues of the Bluebells, the yellows of the Celandines and numerous other pretty colours of the Primulas.
It is the time to become very busy and create the WOW factor once again for all to enjoy. To design and plant for this year`s Plymouth in Bloom competition and for the delight of the residents, families and visitors to the home,.
There are celebrations throughout the country during this year’s National Allotment Week which takes part 14th-21st August. The theme is “Growing the Movement” to thank everyone who is helping to create, develop and safeguard future sites.
So many of our homes have vegetable patches which are looked after by residents and staff. Bramble Down recently contributed to the 45th Denbury Flower and Produce Show, entering flowers, vegetables, poems and a Dundee cake. They received a number of prizes for their entries including the “Brooking Trophy” for the “floral art exhibit that most pleased the judges”. So much fun was had in preparation and joining in the village show.
For one Coppelia House resident we have created his own allotment within our garden. He regularly supplies the kitchen with his fresh produce- potatoes and runner beans are the most popular choice. It often starts a conversation about memories of grandfathers sitting in the corner of the kitchen stringing the runner beans.
During National Allotment week our residents will take the opportunity to reminisce about experiences of allotments. Many people talk about the sense of community between allotment members, others remember the competition on who could grow the best produce, sharing tips on pest control and how to keep the birds away whether it be stringing CDs or scarecrows.