This week we were send some photographs from our family in Bil’in when I asked how the garden was doing. Along-side the picture were the words “It’s finished.” And there, as plain as day was a bare garden.
“Oh no”, I thought, “the garden project hasn’t worked.”
I asked Basem what had happened. His reply was “It’s finished now, now we plant different plants. Cucumber and tomato.”
“Did you sell the vegetables in your shop?”
“No, I gave to family.” Basem had grown Cauliflower, Cabbage and another vegetable he doesn’t know the English name of. He reckons that about 35 people benefitted from the garden.
So then Marwan from Zabade sent us some of his photographs too, and the same applied, the first plants were finished and there were already new plants in. Marwan’s garden sustained 3 families of adults and children.
We are glad we have trialled these 2 gardens, for us as much as for the families. Being non gardeners ourselves, we hadn’t appreciated that there is a limited growing season per crop of plants, and there are obvious seasonal plants, but what we have realised is once the gardens are up and running, the families are happy to replant and keep them going.
We look forward to rolling this out on many more gardens when we are over in October. But we need your help. Each garden will cost £100, that is for a water tank, the irrigation piping and the first plants. As you see the gardens don’t just feed one family. Please donate what you can, even if it is one pound…..all it takes is 100 people with £1 to help feed many mouths.