Incredible Edibles

We have a wonderful community in our little town and over the years a number of small gardening initiatives have amalgamated into the umbrella group Incredible Edibles. Each fortnight, children, babies and grownups are welcomed to one of the gardens for planting, activities and sometimes even pancakes and hot chocolate.
Incredible Edibles

We popped along one rainy Tuesday morning, half expecting everyone to be rained off but No! It was a buzzing hive of activity with plenty of muddy footprints, digging and laughter.

We started in the poly tunnel, mixing up seeds, clay and compost for seed bombs, feeling the mud between our fingers and we squeezed and rolled it into balls, then Ramona headed for the seed pots for planting, salads and onions ready for glorious random planting around the town – while Eomer stuck tight to my legs in desperate shyness!

Down the slope Eomer started to stretch his legs a bit and feel a bit more at home as we grabbed spades and started digging holes to pop the potatoes in one at a time. There were further exciting moments as worms were discovered, hauled out and examined closely!

By the time we got back up to the top to light the Kelly Kettle ready for hot chocolate, Ramona had already learnt how to make newspaper wrap around pots and Eomer had ventured inside the shed to have a nose and explore. Finishing with hot chocolate and pancakes grabbed everyone’s attention to rally round and muddy hands mixed with sticky fingers for the perfect end to a delightful morning in the garden.

Do look in your local area as Incredible Edibles are a growing (boom boom) network of community run, self-funded, gardening initiatives, and a wonderful chance to plant, grow, muck about in the mud and meet other outdoor friendly folk. Guerrilla gardening and random planters are also on the cards…watch this space!

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Ruth Lively-Masters

Ruth Lively-Masters

About Me & Mine

Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.

Favourite place in the world:

Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.

Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.

Comments (6)

  • Daf Davies

    Daf Davies

    17 March 2015 at 14:24 | #

    That's awesome, Ruth. We're hoping to get the local 'Children's Garden' group up and running soon too.

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  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    18 March 2015 at 10:47 | #

    Awww, brilliant! I'm laughing at the muddy hands - I don't think it's possible for them to be muddier. And I bet they're attached to happy, smiling faces. We've got a community allotment near the school that's well-supported and very sociable. I'm sorely tempted to dig in (gosh, the puns just can't help themselves, can they?) but I'm itching to get our own garden sorted with raised beds first.

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  • Joanne

    Joanne

    19 March 2015 at 15:25 | #

    Incredible edibles sounds amazing, I bet its great for the community and sounds like a really sociable event.

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  • Ruth Lively-Masters

    Ruth Lively-Masters

    25 March 2015 at 19:50 | #

    It was lovely to be around fellow muddy folk and explore different lands :)Happy spring time planting to everyone!

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  • Ruth Lively-Masters

    Ruth Lively-Masters

    25 March 2015 at 20:27 | #

    Yes! the word play just keeps rolling, more please, it makes me laugh!

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  • Cally Worden

    Cally Worden

    26 March 2015 at 14:56 | #

    What a lovely concept, and a fab way to get out and about with like-minded folk while doing something really worthwhile. I did a double take at the hands - was that mud, or chocolate?! (Or a delightful mix of both?!)

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