I began helping with teaching a class 18 months ago. Initially only standing on the side lines, grinning inanely and spluttering a lot really. You know the kind of helper, terribly enthusiastic but bright red and spluttery. Tonight I actually enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong I love talking about gardening and growing. But, the more I learn, the less I feel I know! Maybe that's a good thing as it keeps you engaged and fresh?
|The book an oldie but a goodie - recently updated, there are quite a few I use but I find its better not to scare folk and keep it simple.|
I'm finally finding my feet, beginning to enjoy the talking and sharing as much as the props (seeds,packets,books and handouts). I normally enjoy the practical teaching very much, but the classroom stuff - always makes me squirm. We are teaching veggie growing by plant family - makes more sense to me to talk about all those veggies which are related and like the same kind of treatment. OK, explaining that celery and carrots are cousins takes a bit of getting your head around initially - but once you get into the swing of it makes alot of sense. Until you start talking about things like the solanaceae - explaining that peppers/chillis/etc and related to potatoes (honest injun) although they like different conditions, makes more than a few eyebrows go up, until they see the flowers of course. I love watching folk 'twig' the similarities and often get hooked at this point.
I find that I get very scared before embarkign on the good ship 'passing the green finger on'. But, not tonight. Maybe I've found the courage to enjoy passing a bit of a green finger on. OK, in my own small way it's only really more of a tiny greenish pinky finger for the moment. To gently nudge folk to be brave and have a go at growing.......and you're never too young/old/short or tall to start. I learnt due to my Grandfather and through a love he had of the garden - (that there down there is me at my head gardening job at the age of 5 - an early bloomer!!!), I've passed it on to my children and any poor soul which stands still long enough to listen!
|I'm a lucky one, an enthusiastic gardener in my family, passed the green finger on to me.|
Ok so there were a few raised eyebrows when I over enthused about how wonderful carrot foliage can be as an addition to a border or a container..... (tonight was roots and my colleague did fruits!). It's got pretty foliage, I just wanted to challenge folk to think a bit out of the veggie patch..... Vegetable plantings don't always need to be in straight rows in veggie patches - set them free I say! Or not, its entirely up to you.
|I didn't know there were so many types, nor did I know the names of lots of them - I've learnt alot today too!|
Hey, we all got excited about growing things by folk telling us how brilliant it was, didn't we? That's all I'm trying to achieve!! In my red, grinning, spluttery way.
A truly good evening, Im so glad we are only half way through our class!! At the weekend we start the outdoor stuff, much easier to hide the red face when its smeared with compost.