The Good Life Project is a therapeutic horticulture programme based at Hodge House Allotments in Nelson. We improve the health and wellbeing of individuals who may be isolated, inactive or have mild to moderate mental health issues.
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A weed is just a plant in the wrong place and this bindweed definitely should not be in our beds 😅. So this led to a discussion about which weeds we dislike the most. Mine are bindweed, couch grass and horsetail. Peter on the other hand is not keen on creeping buttercups. What weeds do you find most annoying? #gyo#healthandwellbeing... See MoreSee Less
This week is #selfcareweek Take time to do things you enjoy. Spending time outdoors 🌿🌻 is a great way to boost your mood and evidence shows it can help your health and wellbeing. If you or anyone you know would like to take part in gardening activities get in touch 😀🌿🍁 #gyoforwellbeing#healthandwellbeing... See MoreSee Less
These are all that is left of the dahlias that we grew this year from seed. The recent frosts have blackened the tender foliage 😥. But all is not lost......! You can leave the tubers in the ground overwinter but they are prone to rot if it is a wet, cold winter.
So, we have lifted the tubers, cut back the old foliage and turned them upside down to drain and dry off. After a couple of weeks these will be ready to pack into dry compost and store overwinter in a dry, frost free place. In March we can start watering them and then pot them on.
Happy Halloween Everyone! 👻🎃😈 This weeks special plant/flower of the week!
Cucurbita (Cucurbita pepo).
Cucurbita is a plant cultivated for several different produces including today’s famous pumpkin. This plant also produces squash and gourd. The oldest known location of these plants are situated in Southern Mexico, however, the origins of the plant are so vast and it is often conflicting to pin point the actual roots of this widespread species. Nevertheless, this plants early domestication goes back to around 10, 000 years ago in Oaxaca (Mexico) where it then extended north into Texas and then other US states such as Illinois, Maine and Florida. The plant is commonly known as one of the oldest, if not the oldest domesticated species.
The pumpkin is now harvested all over the world (except Antarctica) and has many uses including food, animal feed and ornamental uses. The traditional pumpkins used for ornamental uses on this special day of the year are produced in Connecticut. However, this said although the USA are famous for producing pumpkins a study in 2017 found that China was the leading nation in producing pumpkins that year with a record breaking 8 million tons being harvested and distributed across the globe.
Pumpkins are a warm weather crop and need a lot of sun. Pumpkins can be planted in early summer (can be April and May if indoors) and can grow to impressive sizes. Harvesting pumpkins usually occurs by mid Autumn (September and October) before the British winter frost arrives. ... See MoreSee Less
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