Green fingers for Beech House garden project

Beech House Care Home in Barton-upon-Humber had a fantastic few days last week making the most of the spring sunshine, as residents planted fruit, vegetables and flowers as part of a carefully-planned gardening project.

Residents had held a meeting to discuss how to spend money raised from the home's Easter raffle, and decided upon an ambitious project to grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as brighten up the garden with pots and hanging baskets.

Having decided what they would like to grow, colleagues Alison and Jemma were despatched to a local nursery with a long shopping list of plants to buy, and if everything grows as planned, by the end of the summer Beech House will be harvesting beetroot, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, spinach, red peppers and celery.

Meanwhile residents Betty (aged 87), Beryl (aged 81), Alice (aged 86) and Maureen (aged 82) took a trip out to a local garden supplier in Barton and had a lovely time picking out plants for their pots and hanging baskets.

The home's handyman Andy has built a number of raised beds to enable residents to do the planting themselves, and has ensured that the structures are wheelchair-friendly so that all the home's residents have the opportunity to join in.

The planting is just the start of the project, as once everything is in the ground residents will then take it in turns to look after the plants - with someone assigned to water them, someone to check them for bugs, someone to pick them and someone to wash and prepare them for eating.

The garden project has been a real talking point with the Beech House residents and has sparked many conversations about the produce they used to grow in their own gardens and what their favourites were to cultivate - and eat!

One resident said:

"It tastes so much better when you've grown it yourself - I can't wait for our beetroot to be ready!"

The finishing touch has been a family of garden gnomes, who are the latest additions to the Beech House family and will be watching over proceedings as the garden flourishes this summer!

Date published: 20 May 2019

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