Gardening for wellbeing


Guests walking around the organic garden at Penang Cheshire Home.

PENANG Cheshire Home has created an organic garden for its residents with special needs.

The garden features a special passage for the wheelchair-bound and also a raised bed planted with vegetables for the disabled to take part in gardening.

Among the vegetables and fruits planted at the organic garden are pumpkin, red spinach, kangkung, okra, long beans, aubergines, Sarawak black pepper, peppermint, Centella asiatica (pegaga), Chinese broccoli (kailan) and sawi, papaya, ambarella (kedondong), calamondin lime (limau kasturi) and soursop.

(Top and left) Guests walking around the garden after the launching of the organic garden at Penang Cheshire Home.
(Top and left) Guests walking around the garden after the launching of the organic garden at Penang Cheshire Home.

Home president Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew said the garden could provide a form of gardening therapy to help the residents in developing their mind, body and creative spirit.

“The residents are encouraged to do gardening under the guidance of the staff.

Khoo (with tie) explaining the concept of the organic garden to the guests at Penang Cheshire Home.
Khoo (with tie) explaining the concept of the organic garden to the guests at Penang Cheshire Home.

“We practise natural farming method, that is by using garlic, ginger, bird’s eye chilli and brown sugar as pesticides.

“Fertilisers used are decomposition of rotten fruits and vegetables,” he said.

There there are also two catfish ponds.

The garden was sponsored by Intel Technologies and CISCO Systems Limited.

They contributed RM33,206.60 and RM36,485 respectively.

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