Want to know the secret behind a thriving organic garden? Diversity.
As I have learnt from participating in this project, if you want to keep your vegetables happy, you have to accommodate a wild variety of wildlife in the form of flora and fauna. Down at the allotment we take just as much care of our wildflowers as we do our vegetables and we know our frogs are just as vital as our raised beds.
The same goes for our community. Every person that comes to the Moss Side Community Allotment, whether they come down for an hour or they make a long-term commitment, brings something to the table. And it doesn’t have to be horticultural skills. It can be an infectious laugh, a way with words, mass biscuit-eating capabilities…..whatever you’ve got, we’ll take it.
Being at the heart of an incredibly diverse and vibrant community with it’s wild flowers and it’s vegetables, we get all sorts of contributions brought to our table, which is probably what makes us so successful. Yet despite these differences, we all have so much in common as well; most especially a desire to give, which is what we all do.
I’ll leave you with some photographs of our eclectic community (both flora and fauna) and with some of the things we’ve been getting up to over the past few weeks.