Pickling beetroot session is a hit in residential home for teenage girls

Two weeks ago residents from one of the Oxfordshire childrens home harvested a bumper crop of beetroot. The girls made quick work of preparing (scrubbing) the beats, bringing them up to a steady boil, allowing them to cool off and then prepared them ready for pickling in vinegar. A brilliant way to preserve beetroot so they can be enjoyed at a later time with minimum effort.

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Gracewell of Adderbury – proud onion growers this month

Residents and activity co-ordinator at Gracewell are excited and keen to harvest onions, these were sown from sets directly earlier this year. Kitchen staff have been making good use of them when they had a shortage. Brilliant to see how well these have grown in raised containers, largely down to individual efforts with keeping up with the watering. Great work!

Gardening class progress

Four weeks ago our adult class learned how to prepare a seedbed and sow seeds directly into drills by hand. We sowed parsnips and carrots. The first true leaves of the parsnips are showing…

Residents at Gracewell of Adderbury sow flower seeds, take cuttings and create an action plan for this spring

Residents really enjoyed this weeks gardening activity of sowing a variety of flower seeds into trays. Lobelia, Dahlia, Agapanthus and a few herb seeds among others. We shared memories and gardening stories whilst taking cuttings from a spider plant (Chlorophytum), which some of the residents took to grow on in water in their own apartments. Finally we discussed ideas for what other things residents would like to grow in the in coming months.


Residents at Gracewell of Adderbury sow sweet peas and play a sensory herb quiz

This was our first session, bringing gardening activities indoors for residents within a local retirement home. Residents enjoyed sowing sweat pea seeds. Then we re-invigorating the senses by playing a sensory herb quiz in teams of two so it became a sociable yet competitive activity. Big thank you to all involved and who participated, it was a very fun activity to do with you all.