Planting has gotten underway in our brand new poly-tunnel, purchased with the money generously donated from the Agnes McCallum Bequest Fund. The companions have got dug in, led by our green fingered whiz, Charlie, and already, we’re beginning to see the first shoots appearing. In Charlie’s words – “the poly-tunnel is 10’ x 25’ and will be used to start the growing process off, for all the plants that we will be growing on”.
Our allotment and also round the House. Some of these plants will be on sale to the general public, to help raise more funds for the running of the community and some will be used within the community. After the initial use of the polytunnel to start the growing process, it will be used to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, through the summer months, and then some salad products during the latter part of the year.
This will help with the cost of fresh produce in the community kitchen, and will also be a great start to the following year’s products, because we will be able to start the growing season much earlier, as the plants are protected from our typical Glasgow weather in the poly-tunnel.
The poly-tunnel and allotment are very beneficial to companions here; they provide enjoyable, outdoor meaningful work. I personally, find it very relaxing to be growing plants, as it gets me out in the fresh air and also helps with my weight problem, due to all the digging that is required to produce these plants.