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Green Spaces Project of the Month

October 2004 - Pumpkins for the People


Peter Chin Kean Choy
The Rainbow T 'ai-Chi Chi Kung School, Pitley Hill,Woodland, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7JY.
Tel/fax:01364 653618;

Article by Lia Leendetz reproduced with kind permission of the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden magazine. Photographs by David Murray.

Pumpkins for the people

Many vegetable gardeners find it difficult to make use of surplus produce, but Lia Leendertz discovers how one man is encouraging people to donate their excess crops to feed the homeless

Gluts and droughts are an inevitable part of vegetable gardening, as it is almost impossible to estimate exactly how many tomato or runner-bean plants are needed to feed a family. Divination apart, and without an accurate prediction of how weather will affect crops, the only thing that can be relied on is that there will be excesses and shortfalls. Most people err on the generous side, and may spend half the summer bottling, freezing and pickling their harvest, before the time comes to give away their surplus crops; but there are good causes that can benefit.

Peter Chin Kean Choy teaches t'ai chi among rows of pumpkin 'Potimarron'.
He urges gardeners to donate some of theri crop to homeless shelters and save seeds for friends to grow


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