Gardening may be fun and easy, but it can also be hard at times. My garden in my neighborhood is exactly that, a challenge. If getting eating by mountains of fire ants (some piles are twice as big as the cabbages), having rabbits and deer use the garden as a restaurant, having vandals destroy it, and trying to raise money to fix the problems doesn’t sound hard, then I don’t know what does. Well, that is what we have to deal with to keep the garden going. I would hate to let it go, so I’m not giving up! We are going to fight the mountains of fire ants. Hopefully something will work (any suggestions please send them our way)! I’m keeping my fingers crossed! We’re also trying to find someone to donate a better fence, one the deer and rabbits can’t cross! Any offers to donate a fence would be sooooo appreciated! There is nothing we can do about the vandals but hope they don’t come back & hope they realize how many people this garden can help feed! I really hope I can keep this garden. I am not giving up!
Like many people may say, Christmas is a special time. For The Palmetto House this year, I am sure it was a great one! In early December, I received a letter saying The Palmetto House (the soup kitchen/homeless shelter I donate to) was struggling to keep their doors open. I was recently selected as a Build-A-Bear Workshop 2009 Huggable Hero. As well as a wonderful trip in which I was able to meet the 11 other honorees and participate in fun activities, I was given a generous donation towards my college education and my dream. After giving it some thought, I decided that I would donate $750 of the funds from Build a Bear to The Palmetto House to help them stay afloat. It just wouldn’t be the same without them to donate my vegetables to. I know what I donated was only a small portion of what they need, but I know it will help. They are still struggling and could use all the help they can get. These people have become my friends and I couldn’t bear to have them close the doors because of lack of money. They help so many people. I will keep them in my prayers that they find the money they need to stay open.
2009 Was Amazing and 2010 Will Bring Bigger Harvests for Everyone!!!
As look back at 2009 it was an amazing, great year for me and my dream of no hungry children. I was able to donate thousands of pounds of vegetables to my local soup kitchens and families in need. I was able to see how my gardens are making a difference for people who don’t have enough to eat. I made so many new friends like all of the wonderful people at Bonnie Plants who started my dream with their 3rd grade cabbage program. I was able to tour their greenhouses and see where all of the seedlings they donate to me come from and speak to all of the sales people who bring the cabbages to the 3rd graders across the county.
I made friends at NBC Nightly News, People Magazine, The Build a Bear Workshop, Robroy Industries, VeryMeri, Amazing Kids, The Katie Brown Workshop, Random Kids, The Barron Prize and all of the staff and residents at Palmetto House just to name a few. I have so many great friends who help me with my dream such as my Master Gardener Lisa and her husband Ty, Mr. Brian from Advyon who made this beautiful website, Bob and Linda who help me with my garden on their farm in Ridgeville, my 5th grade classmates who I couldn’t do my project without, the great people in my neighborhood, my Omi and Opa, my teachers and my headmaster, this list could go on and on! I appreciate everything everyone has done for me.
What will 2010 bring? I don’t know, but I dream big and I hope that I will have gardens not only in South Carolina but in other states. I want to visit my friends at NBC Nightly News and this time not end up in the hospital (had to have my appendix out last time). I pray and hope that in 2010, I can help Palmetto House find the money it needs to keep their doors open to help feed and house people in need. I hope I can inspire kids all across the country to donate to their local soup kitchens by planting a small garden, one vegetable plant grown in a pot or inspire all the 3rd graders across the county to participate in the Bonnie Plants 3rd grade cabbage program and see how fun it can be. More than anything in 2010 I want to make the people who support me proud!!!!
This is my first blog. I am really excited about the launch of my new website. I can’t wait to show everyone how easy and fun gardening can be and how rewarding it is to give to people in need. I now have five gardens and I could not have planted them, cared for them, and found the land to plant them on without so many wonderful people!