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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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!
Last week our adult class learned how to plant out leeks ready for an autumn/spring harvest, we also discussed the benefits of multi-planting onions and leeks to increase your yields and make weeding easier.
Over the past two sessions Agnes Court residents have been planting a variety of salads; spinach, spring onions, peas and other vegetables; beans, courgette and cucumber into their raised beds. Really excited to see how these plants establish.
This week residents planted out some glorious hanging baskets. Below is another resident holding a lettuce which she grew from seed. So proud!
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…
Last week residents from Lake House, Adderbury, potted on their rooted cuttings, originally taken in October last year. Really fantastic to be working with Micia and the residents again. Great work achieved.
Local teachers attended our first half-day course in February. One teacher commented ‘Great course, I found this really inspiring – thank you!’ Another teacher commented they now have ideas to plan a ‘herb garden project’. To find out more information about the next round of course dates (March) for teachers & TAs follow this link.
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.
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.