The Seed Project
Hello! Last spring, I signed up for the Rethink Mental Illness e-newsletter, and got sent a packet of camomile seeds. And I wanted to thank someone for what this little packet of seeds has done for me....
I've had periods of poor mental health on and off throughout my life. In early 2017 I went through my worst spell ever, it took me literally right to the edge. And after something so scary like that, I needed a project while I waited for the weird, uncomfortable post-crisis limbo to pass.
So, what happened was, I got this lovely packet of seeds through the post.
Now, I’m no gardener! I’ve always had very disappointing green endeavours.
But I had nothing better to do when the seeds arrived, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
And I really enjoyed the whole process: planting the seeds; checking up on them every day; seeing the little green shoots poke out of the soil.
Sadly, they baked in a greenhouse during a heatwave and perished!
But rather than give up and just accept that I am never good at anything (of course they perished, why did I think I could grow them in the first place?) I wanted to try again. The seeds project had got me going.
So I went out and bought some sunflower seeds. I figured I'd still enjoy watching the shoots come up even if they never amounted to much.
Well, the sunflowers worked out brilliantly. They were massive!
After that I also brought a strawberry and a courgette plant. Revived an old mint plant and a clematis in my garden. Sowed some wildflower seeds in an empty and forlorn flowerbed.
And everything has thrived.
I never thought I would be the kind of person to DAILY (provided it's dry!) go out into my garden and check on the plants. I water them, feel the leaves, pull out any rogue weeds etc. It gives me time out. I can be mindful. It's a sense of achievement. I feel peaceful and it's TOTALLY what I needed to help me recover.
Gardening didn't heal the wound – but it became the aftersun lotion to soothe while I healed.
I will of course keep up the garden now that things have magically started growing for me.
So I say this...thank you for the seeds. Thank you.
We would love to know how you and your plants are getting on in the coming weeks!
So when your first flowers appear, why not share a photo with us to our Instagram account, our Facebook page, or tweet us using the hashtag
You can download Caroline’s tips for growing camomile at home here, or click her photo on the right...
And any questions at all about our #theseedproject campaign, you can ask Jemima on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7840 3021
For a large order of seeds (perhaps you're getting married - they make great wedding favours!) please get in touch, too!