|Interests||'I learnt the methods and rewards of gardening from my father, watching the miracle as his vegetables peeped out of the ground and grew (as long as I could keep my rabbits from eating them when they escaped from their hutches). Our family and others managed to live well on the produce grown in gardens and on scraps of land during the war and subsequent food rationing; in those days we had a lean but healthy diet and the plants were necessarily grown with natural (effectively organic) methods.
I'm part of a small team of gardeners from the East Coulsdon Residents Association. We grow flowers and shrubs at Coulsdon South station, to brighten it up. Its enjoyable to work together, to learn from experimental plantings to see what works best in the station soil and see the station blooming with more colour each year; if we needed encouragement, passengers frequently tell us how the flowers cheer them up before the morning commute to work.
I look forward to sharing what I know with new growers and also to learning more from experienced fellow growers in the Master Gardener project. '|