According to at least one of the UKs top doctors, “Doctors should prescribe gardening to people experiencing depression and other forms of physical and mental ill health.” http://www.thrive.org.uk/news/news/news-259.aspx Well certainly here on Plot107 we wouldn’t disagree … PXI-Space to Grow is all about enjoying the wider benefits that being close to nature and our food can offer. So as well as giving us some good outdoor exercise, and the promise of loads of fresh fruit and vegetables over the year – we’d agree it’s also a really good way to meet up with people, get a sense of belonging and community – and we’d argue at least, it’s good for the soul too!
As regards planting – we’ve potted up loads more seeds at home to get them ready for the plot later this year, these include:
- Tomatoes (Gardners Delight)
- Broad Beans (Danko and Imperial Longpod – ready for succession planting)
- Leeks (Musselburgh)
- Mesclun (a French salad green)
Meanwhile the Yacon that we potted up a few weeks ago is going strong – it seems to be loving the freshly used tea bags I’m putting on the soil as a mulch. Although its been tempting with all the wonderful sunshine and warm weather of the past week – we’re leaving it a bit longer till we’re sure the very last of the frosts have gone before planting it out.
This week is Holy Week, the week that as Christians we begin the final journey to the cross with Jesus and on to his glorious resurrection, celebrated on Easter Sunday. Yesterday our house church, like Churches all over the world celebrated Palm Sunday, the day on which we remember Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As the week carries on, our minds turn towards the cross, the tomb and the risen Jesus! Gardens feature feature heavily in this final week of Jesus ministry on earth, from the garden at Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before his betrayal and arrest – the night before his crucifixion ….. to Jesus first reappearance on Easter Sunday, when he appears to Mary as the “gardener”.
Here’s how Jesus last night in the garden at Gethsemane is described in Marks gospel (Mark 14.32-42 )
“Jesus and his followers went to a place named Gethsemane. He said to them, “Sit here while I pray.” But he told Peter, James, and John to come with him. He began to be very distressed and troubled, and he said to them, “My heart is so heavy with grief, I feel as if I am dying. Wait here and stay awake.”
Jesus went on a little farther away from them, fell to the ground, and prayed. He asked that, if possible, he would not have this time of suffering. He said, “ Abba, Father! You can do all things. Don’t make me drink from this cup. But do what you want, not what I want.”
Then he went back to his followers and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “Simon, why are you sleeping? Could you not stay awake with me for one hour? Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. Your spirit wants to do what is right, but your body is weak.”
Again Jesus went away and prayed the same thing. Then he went back to the followers and again found them sleeping. They could not stay awake. They did not know what they should say to him.
After Jesus prayed a third time, he went back to his followers. He said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? That’s enough! The time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the control of sinful men. Stand up! We must go. Here comes the man who is handing me over to them.”