Well now I must say that I am surprised that no-one does any charity work - or is it that you just don't feel like posting. The latter I suspect ... no I am sure! No matter, me too, I often read but don't always post either.
Anyway, there are all sorts of things we can do for charity and gardening and I thought, that this being the end-of-the-year-season of gifts and giving of ourselves, there are many things we can do with gardening themes and with containers.
How about starting a container of one or two staple vegetables and along with it give a gift voucher of your time to ensure that whomever gets it or-them knows what to do and how to care for it-them.
I have prepared 10 containers to give away this Christmas time into which I have planted and nurtured three leafies and carrots - spinach, lettuce and radish. They are all growing well and tomorrow I-we am off to deliver to a couple of retirement villages, a children's home, two churches whose parishioners feed indigent people daily with soup, a couple of elderly loners and a school or two. I have one left.
As far as my time is concerned all turned the voucher down in that they said "No thanks ... I-We will look after them!" Thinking about it in retrospect - I am pleased that they turned this part down as I would never have managed to follow up and would really have felt poorly. I should have thought a bit more about this anyway.
This was the first time I have done something like this - and must say I learnt a real lesson here - for one, I found it a little difficult to give my vegetable container-gifts away. It seems that simple things are too simple and people don't 'think' simplicity anymore. Of course I-Pads and Kindles and all and all rule, but surely so does eating veges. Dunno. Anyway.
Thanks to my friend Kevin, we will be delivering the pre-Christmas containers this week, I am feeling good and I am smiling anyway. I must also say that I have enjoyed this project for the most part, and pass the idea on to you to refine for yourselves, perhaps you will bring a smile somehow to someone even if they think you are the funny factor! Maybe too I prepared too many containers, just do 5 or so if you are thinking of using the idea.
What other ideas can you think of for some voluntary or charity work with gardening containers. Let us know, please, say ta.
P S It really did not cost much either - cost more time than money!
P P S Chose not to add herbs to my gift containers - for while they have all sorts of food values and trace elements etc, they enhance food. My vegetable containers were designed to feed as it were. Just thought I would point out a bit of my thinking and choices made. Ta.
Edited by Lestie - ContainerGardens (01/02/13 08:25 PM)
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