Sinead Kavanagh, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim
“In March 2020, I became ill with suspected COVID-19. I was sick for over five weeks, during which time I had to self-isolate.
“It was a very difficult time, with two children and an ill husband who was shielding.
“During the hours in my bedroom, I was struggling with anxiety. The never-ending news broadcasts and daily briefings of the impending doom that was closing in on our world were filling my brain. I couldn’t sleep and fear and panic crept in every evening. In an effort to keep away the black dog, I thought about what I could do when I was recovering.
“It had to be something that didn’t take too much energy, would entertain my nine-year-old and use things I already had in the house or garden. I was stumped, until I thought about growing some seeds. I always loved gardening and growing plants and I had dreamed of having my own fruit and vegetables. But where would I get compost and seeds? A video popped up in my news feed of Kinder Garden Cooks planting potatoes. I messaged Sharon on a whim and a prayer and she answered enthusiastically “yes, I can drop off compost and seeds to your gate!”
“It was a lifeline and I grabbed it. Sharon was able to drop off seed potatoes and seeds along with organic New Leaf Compost.
“Every day we would check on the trays of compost hoping to spot a seedling pushing its way up through the compost. Seven days later all of the Rocket seedlings appeared! The excitement was joyful. It’s amazing how such a little thing can cheer you up and fill you with hope.
“Day after day they grew and the other seedlings appeared. The potato plants are so healthy and strong. I love that the compost is organic so I don’t have to worry that I’m feeding my family any nasty chemicals.
“I am so grateful that during a dark time in the lockdown, I was able to get a delivery of compost and seeds so that I could busy myself and my family, making happy memories, planning for the future harvest.
“It helped my recovery and the plants are still keeping us busy while we continue to live through this strange time in history.”