For several years The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has been providing ongoing support to Gardening Leave, a charity that provides horticultural therapy for British ex-servicemen and women.
Gardening Leave has two gardens in Scotland and a new walled garden that was opened this year within the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. In this highly protected environment, veterans from the armed services who are suffering from the mental effects of combat, find solace and inspiration in regular gardening activities.
This year, they have been growing a wide range of vegetable crops for use in the kitchens using a selection of Miracle-Gro composts and plant feeds that we have provided them with. The raised beds were built by the veterans and after placing aggregate in the bottom of the beds to provide good drainage, they were then topped up with Miracle-Gro compost.
Evelyn McGill, Administrator for Gardening Leave, said: “It is the best crop of potatoes and carrots we have grown to date. After harvesting their spuds, the veterans had home-made potato wedges for lunch. They were delicious!”
You can find details about Gardening Leave and its work in gardens in London, Erskine and Auchincruive by visiting its website: www.gardeningleave.org.