Posted: 23/01/2015 at 14:35
Treehugger - having read back on my previous posting I do hope you don't think I'm accusing you of wasting money etc etc.
I do understand that this project was thought up by somebody with no background in gardening and that you are doing your level best in impossible circumstances.
It just makes me so mad when money becomes available to do some good (in an area where it is clearly needed) and it ends up being squandered because somebody had a 'good idea' but didn't think it through or take advice on the best way to implement it.
I don't know how much cash we are talking about here but, if it absolutely, definitely, had to be spent before April - they would have been better off buying some books or other piece of equipment for the school instead of making you and the kids stand around in freezing weather planting seeds that will not yield anything before the project ends.
That would put me off gardening for a long time and would probably do more harm than good if the idea is to get the children interested in growing things.
It must be very disheartening for you (as a gardener and somebody who clearly wants to give to the local community) and I feel very cross on your behalf (as you can probably tell). I am even angrier at the thought that a child growing up in a difficult environment,who might have a spark of interest in horticulture - may have that spark extinguished because somebody came up with a hare brained scheme.
I hope against hope that I am reading your posts wrongly and that you will be allowed to continue to tend this little veggie plot and allow these children to share the joy of growing something for themselves.