As I’ve written in a previous blog, (which you can read by clicking here) I have taken on a veg plot at our local Community Garden Project. It is run by two lovely people called Dez and Penny. I’ve been there for a month now and I am enjoying it so much. It has put me well on the way to being more self sufficient and able to produce most of our own food.
It is our way of honouring our bodies with organic fresh home grown food and also our way of honouring the earth, reducing our carbon footprint and tending to the Earth through planting and composting etc.
Going to my veg plot lifts me up and makes me feel so positive. Especially during these strange times we are currently living in with all the restrictions and rules that coming in on a daily basis. The veg plot is my little escape place from the world where I can grow and nurture our food and I can be among other like minded people…Or “plotters” as we are affectionately known by the people who run the project.
I suffer with anxiety and the work I do on my plot and during my volunteering hours at the Project has helped so much. Something about being at one with nature and among things that grow really lifts me up and makes me excited. Not only have Dez and Penny enabled me to have an amazing growing space, they have also given me so much advice about flowers and so my back garden has had a makeover and a sort out with various plants.
One thing that would make the garden project complete would be running water. This would enable us green fingered plotters to wash our hands, have a hot drink and be able to wash our cups out afterwards and generally enable us to keep our precious community space even cleaner.
I can’t imagine life without the plot now, it’s become part of my daily life. If I’m not there for any reason, I’m planning what to do with it on my next visit. It’s become a part of our household now and I hope it continues for many many years to come. Growing food is definitely a long term project for me and I’ll be there to support them as much I can.
Another highlight of the plot for me is that I get to say good morning to chickens, ducks and the goose in the mornings. I’m always talking to them and have many conversations with them. All the chicks, ducks, geese, etc are here for educational reasons and are not for food or egg production.
So to Penny and Dez of The Hattersley Community Big Garden Project, this blog post is dedicated to you and all the other amazing plotters I share the space with. Thank you for all your amazing hard work for putting this together.
Long live The Hattersley Community Big Garden Project
Sara 🌶 🌽 🍅 🍆 🥒 🥔 🥕 🥗 🍠