A group of residents at Malanda Aged Care Facility have proved you’re never too old to try something new, becoming award winning vegetable gardeners after seeing a TV segment about a vegetable gardener growing giant vegetables in New South Wales.
The budding gardeners created an entire kitchen garden filled with lettuce, rocket, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, rhubarb, beetroot, and silverbeet. The fresh vegetables are harvested and taken straight to the kitchens to be used to make residents’ food, with anything left over snapped up by staff for a donation.
Staff at Malanda were so impressed by the garden they nominated it for the Tablelands Regional Garden Awards and residents were excited to receive a visit from popular gardening presenter Graeme Byrne for the judging.
Following their announcement as winners for the vegetable category, the facility has been visited by members of the community keen to see the award-winning garden. The garden has also become a feature of the facility with many residents spending time tending to the plants, while others set up chairs nearby to spectate.
The group have used their award money to purchase more plants and plan to extend their crop to include flowers that can be used as centrepieces on the facility’s dining tables.
Most importantly, residents say they have found a lot of joy in their gardening, giving them a renewed purpose and another reason to enjoy the outdoors, not to mention being able to show off their hard work to family!