You may not be able to get out to our community allotments due to the COVID-19 pandemic but that doesn't mean your excellent gardening and planting work has to stop. With our new 'Mid Ulster is Growing from Home' project you can continue to plant and grow fresh produce from your own garden!
200 Mid Ulster home gardeners have now signed up to receive the weekly emails, including many who are just discovering the joys of gardening for the first time, as well as the more experienced and advanced green-fingered residents!
It doesn't matter what size your garden or yard space is, you don't need anything in particular to take part, including a great supply of seeds or gardening equipment, and you don't have to be an experienced gardener to participate- it's open to everyone.
Topics covered take into consideration the time of year, current weather conditions and timing so you know what to sow and when, sometimes making use of back yards, window sills and pots in the absence of large open spaces. Participants will learn how to plant using limited resources including growing plants from groceries, using recyclables as seed trays, pots and crop protections.
The scheme will be a great help and distraction mentally for anyone struggling with isolating at home. It will also be great for anyone who wants to learn new gardening skills, become more self-reliant, and feel part of a wider gardening community.
Since the project began at the end of March, the following topics have been covered:
- Project Introduction and Planting Garlic followed by guidance on
- Planting Potatoes
- Growing Herbs
- Sowing into Seed Trays
- Creating a vegetable plot in your garden
- Container growing
- Growing vegetables from your groceries
- ‘Growing on’ seedlings and young plants
This week's mailing will be on 'Flowers and Pollinators in the Food Garden', and the project will continue throughout the 2020 growing season.
Participants are welcome to email back their ideas and gardening tips with the group and the feedback received will help to tailor the contents of the weekly emails.
*The project is open to residents in Mid Ulster only*
Some of the positive testimonials received to date include:
"That is a brilliant project idea and really good ... as everyone is very worried and stressed. I went out last night into my greenhouse to plant flower seed and it was so enjoyable and very uplifting."
"Thank you so much for your inspirational email. Have planted some of my garlic bulb cloves today. Can't wait to see the results."
"Your comments are very encouraging. I have kale, peas, radish and rocket coming on."
"We are doing good here, still in self isolation. I haven't been near the allotment, but have some things planted at home using every possible container even found myself drilling holes in a cat litter tray I found in the garage and used for lettuce seeds."
"Just to let you know I’m enjoying your emails and tips. I have planted potatoes carrots parsnips and onions in 20inch tyres."
If you live in Mid Ulster and would like to sign up to the project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.