In previous years, I have challenged myself to try at least one new activity. This year, I have challenged myself to try 12 new activities, one for each month. Some activities are extreme and adrenalin-fuelled, some come under the banner of arts and crafts and some… Well, let’s just say I’m learning things I never thought I would.
For the past few years, I have been volunteering in Plasnewydd Community Garden in Cardiff. Initially I just wanted to have a go at growing vegetables, but I have gathered such a massive amount of knowledge since I’ve been there that I feel I can now call myself a gardener. Working in the garden has led me to pick up skills I never knew I would need in life – like when I learnt how to scythe back in 2014.
Pruning the fruit trees and bushes is something that has been on our ‘to do’ list all winter. The only problem was, none of us really knew much about pruning. So, when another local garden invited me along to a fruit pruning workshop, I jumped at the chance. Armed with my new pruning shears, I braved the cold, wind and rain to learn all I could about raspberries, apples, pears, blackcurrants, gooseberries, grapes and more. By the end of the two hours we were all so cold that no-one could move their hands enough to operate the shears, but we had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Plus, we also got to use loppers and a saw, which is always satisfying.
Fruit trees and bushes of Plasnewydd – watch out!