It was a pleasure to represent Master Gardeners to help support a ‘seed planting workshop’ for students with learning difficulties from South Leicestershire College in Wigston, Leicestershire this week. There were four students, each with a coach to help with their learning needs. The students, with sparkling eyes reflecting their interest and beaming smiles showing their enthusiasm, planted close to one hundred pots with seeds, including mixed herbs, basil, lavender, rosemary, nasturtiums and veggies like peppers and tomatoes.
Once the plants are ready, we aim to move them to various community garden spaces already identified such as those located at Wigston station and at Bassett Street.
Each student participated in the full range of activities in seed planting:
• Categorising the seed packets into types
• Checking packet for details on ‘when to sow’ ‘where to sow’ and ‘how to sow’
• Filling the pots with multipurpose compost,
• Sowing the seeds, creating labels for each plant and then gently watering them before placing them under cover for nature to take its course.
The students were focused throughout and even helped to tidy up at the end, before Susan, their teacher, announced that all this hard work called for a well- deserved ‘tea break’. Jessie from TCV and Pat from the Pride of the borough, who are more experienced in supporting community projects, commented on how inspired they were by the commitment displayed by the students. It was nice to be shown the students’ social space before we said goodbye to them.
I am already looking forward to being with the students again on the 6th of March, when we aim to get the raised beds ready at the South Wigston Station, to see how we can sustain their interest and love for gardening.