Hannah Green’s stroke rehabilitation garden at Maidstone Hospital gets a makeover

A garden which is used by stroke patients as part of their rehabilitation process has been given a make-over thanks to an army of volunteers and generous donations from the community.

Hannah’s Garden, at Maidstone Hospital, was created seven years ago after former stroke patient Hannah Green raised £5,000 to transform what was then a small grassy area next to the Stroke Unit into a tranquil space so that patients had somewhere to have some of their physiotherapy sessions outside or just to sit quietly and enjoy the sunshine.

From left, Maria Fabian from MTW NHS Trust, Hannah Green, Andrew Green; with to the rear contractor guests
From left, Maria Fabian from MTW NHS Trust, Hannah Green, Andrew Green; with to the rear contractor guests

Over time, the area had started to look a little tired and it was decided to give it a spruce-up.

The renovated garden has two new benches, multi-surface paths, plants and landscaping work, and a bespoke mural of a natural landscape painted by artist Luzia Jordan, with John Cabean creating a video of her at work on the creation.

The garden was officially re-opened today by its founder Hannah Green who returned for a small, socially distanced ceremony. Mrs Green was accompanied by her husband, Andrew, with other guests including contractors who had provided gardening and construction services for the garden.

Mrs Green, from Maidstone, said: “I know only too well through my own personal experiences that patients who are undergoing rehabilitation in a hospital setting following a stroke want to be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, have the opportunity for some peace or be able to have some of their physiotherapy sessions outside.

“During my long recovery in hospital it was difficult to get my wheelchair over the rough grass outside the Stroke Unit.”

Video by John Cabean

“I wanted to be able to create a tranquil area away from the ward and put in some beautiful plants to make the area as attractive as possible. Gardening can also be a really useful therapy for stroke patients.

“The stroke garden includes two benches in memory of my mum and dad that were kindly donated by staff at Notcutts Garden Centre, where my mum used to work.

“This will create an attractive seating area for patients, their family and friends, and staff to enjoy.”

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Make it a tasty fall by planting your own veggie garden with root crops, garlic and greens | Home/Garden

Now that we are moving into the cooler weather of October, it’s time to start seriously thinking about your fall vegetable garden.

If you don’t keep your vegetable garden productive through the winter, you are missing out on some of the most delicious vegetables we can grow. There is an amazing selection that can only be grown here during the cool season from October to May.

Another reason for putting in a fall vegetable garden now is the mild weather. No matter how much you love gardening, you have to admit that it’s more enjoyable when the daytime highs are in the 70s rather than the 90s. And during the cool season, we generally have fewer insect, disease and weed problems to deal with compared to summer gardens.

Make your bed

Whether you are planting into an existing vegetable garden or starting a new one, you must pay careful attention to bed preparation to ensure success. Before planting, do a thorough job of removing any weeds that may have grown in the bed, or remove existing turf if this is a new bed. Spray existing weeds or turf with glyphosate herbicide to kill the weeds before removing them. Check the label for waiting periods between treating and planting.

Turn the soil to a depth of 8 inches and spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic matter over the bed (compost, composted or processed manure, soil conditioner, grass clippings). Sprinkle a general purpose fertilizer over the organic matter following package directions. For more specific information on what fertilizer to use, have your soil tested through your local LSU AgCenter Extension office. Finally, thoroughly incorporate everything into the soil of bed.

If you prefer to garden in raised beds, which are generally less labor-intensive and easier to manage, kill and remove any weeds or lawn grass growing (use glyphosate) where the beds will be built. Build the raised beds about 8 to 12 inches deep and 3- to 4-feet wide (your choice of materials, pressure treated lumber, brick, cinder blocks, etc.). The length is up to you.

Fill them with a blended topsoil or garden soil mix you purchase in bags from local nurseries or in bulk from local soil companies. Incorporate fertilizer into the soil, but you generally will not need to add organic matter to a typical topsoil or garden soil mix.

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It’s time to plant broccoli into the fall vegetable garden. Related vegetables include cauliflower, kale, romanesco, kohlrabi and collards.

Cole crops

Cole is the old term for cabbage (as in coleslaw — cabbage salad). Cole crops include cabbage and several other related vegetables.

Broccoli is an easy-to-grow and productive fall vegetable. Transplants available at area nurseries may be planted now through late-October, spacing plants 12 to 18 inches apart in rows or beds. The 12-inch spacing will produce smaller heads but total production is greater.

Broccoli heads are harvested when the largest flower buds in the head are about the size of the head

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10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Taking care of a plant is like taking care of a pet; both need food, water, sunshine (walk/stretch in a pet’s case), love and patience. Plants and succulents are a great way to add a touch of nature into your home. Here are some house plants that you can include into your little home nursery.

10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Strings of pearl: This plant produces long thread-like stems of green, round, beaded foliage that spills over the side of the pot making a uniquely bohemian and wild display. It is perfect for those forgetful gardeners as it copes admirably with little water.

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Neon prayer plant: Also known as the Hardy Maranta plant, this one is perfect to crowd your windowsill with a dash of colour.

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10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Hoya wax plant: Hoya wax white fragrant healthy live plant you can give it as a wonderful special novelty gift can grow both indoor and outdoor also as a table topper room-office fix it near window side

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String of bananas: You can identify this plant by its distinct banana-shaped leaves. As a succulent it is well adapted to live in a dry environment without much water.

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10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Golden pothos: Golden pothos are one most popular of all house plants. They are attractive, durable and easy to grow vines that have smooth, leathery, heart shaped leaves with distinctive marbling alternating along rope-like green stems.

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10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Jade plant: Also called as money tree, this plant is most popular Feng Shui and good luck charm, and is thought to activate financial energies. Feng Shui encourages to keep this plant in front of the office or in the home-office to invite good fortune and prosperity. 

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10 indoor plants to infuse natural greens into your home decor

Peace Lily: This plant can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, and needs only moderate watering. With big curvy leaves and white flowers, this plant can add a nice touch to your home.

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Spider plant: Chorophytum or spider plant is easiest to grow houseplant. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant is one of the top most plant approved by NASA for air purification indoors. It battles pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. This plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house. 

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