Therapeutic Horticulture projects making most of mild January
January is a busy time of the year for our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) projects. Our adult group has been working in the Growth Therapy Garden tidying the borders and cutting back some of the plants to allow the spring growth to grow through. With the mild winter temperatures that we've been experiencing there's also plenty of weeding to do too!
Elaine Hibbs, Horticultural Therapist and Education Officer says: “It's been exciting to see our bulbs beginning to push up through the soil and we’re looking forward to the warmer weather when we will be able to start sowing our summer vegetable crops and spend longer outside tending to the garden. The group have been looking after our birds through the cold spell too, by making bird feeders and ensuring that there is always clean water available for them to drink. We’re all looking forward to taking part in The RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch and hoping that some of our more unusual visitors, like the Jay and Bullfinches will put in an appearance!”
Our younger gardeners, who attend our Growing Enterprise project have also been working hard. Many have been learning about how to build homes for wildlife, installing new habitats and maintaining the wide range that already exist within the display gardens here at Ryton Organic Gardens.
Elaine continues: “Students are enjoying learning about food crops that can be grown through the colder months, and were excited to taste and harvest their winter salad plants. These plants have been taken back to the their school, so they’ll be able practice their enterprise skills and sell their produce to friends, parents and school staff.”