"Where you plant a rose, a thistle cannot grow…"- The Secret Garden.
i have been an amateur gardener for years, growing my own fruits, vegetables, and caring for livestock. I have used plants to teach my autistic son many lessons about life; compassion, responsibility, cause and effect, and joy as something you can r for grows and rewards in turn. I sell produce from my garden, make incense from the trees I grow in my small grove, sell cuttings and gift eggs to friends and neighbours. As I have an autoimmune illness and several other chronic illnesses which make working from home my only option, my home and garden is more than just something to look nice; it’s income and allows me to stay relatively independent.
Late last year my illness took a turn for the worse, and my energy levels plummeted. I spent most of the winter housebound, and this year I developed a sun allergy, which means my gardening has greatly diminished. But the worst thing has been the pile up of clutter; if I was more able, I would have hauled excess items to recycling, but I am unable to do so. The charities won’t pick up items as I am too rural, and I have no family members or friends capable of manual labour. My garden, my sanctuary, is turning into a bit of a tip, and it breaks my heart.
I’ve done what I can over the years for others. And, while it wounds my pride a bit, I am taking the opportunity to allow the universe to give back a bit when I need it. My plan is to hire some rubbish removers to remove the rubbish in my outbuildings - recycling everything possible - and then to remove the sheds. The hope is to clear enough space for me to place a polytunnel in the lower garden level which will afford me some protection from UV light (not all, but a bit - the plants need it after all) so I can be more protected and still keep working. Any additional funding will go toward the polytunnel and to removal of the decking, which is starting to rot and become very treacherous, and install something safer for myself and for my son to walk around on.
thank you very much for your support!