All Posts Tagged with "gardening"

Sep 20
2018

Top Plot

I like Autumn. I look forward to a long brutal winter that freezes the ground and makes gardening impossible. But the season also reminds me of a strange happening five years ago. Dad and I won first prize in our town’s In Bloom competition for best allotment. I didn’t fess up at the time and […]

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Jan 5
2013

Velveteen Visitor

I find fresh mounds of finely churned soil every time I visit our allotment, as if a tiny phantom rotovator is on the loose.

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Jun 15
2011

The love that dare not speak its name

While gardeners are happy to emote about weeds – ‘those beautiful buttercups’ or ‘that bloody Himalayan Balsam’ – down at our allotment few voice their feelings about their own crops. Perhaps it seems taboo, like saying you have a favourite child.

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Feb 28
2011

Where there’s muck, there’s Mr Mandy Sutter

For the last few months, people down at the allotments have been talking horseshit. Along with good tools and tartan thermos flasks, they seem to swear by it. So when a chap called ‘Mr Muck’  delivers a gently steaming mountain, I make enquiries. ‘Ah, manure belongs to t’bloke int blue pick up,’ says the bee […]

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Nov 21
2010

The flood

Our allotment is six feet from a river that Wikipedia describes as ‘the most volatile and fast-rising river in the World’.  Wikipedia can be unreliable, and spelling ‘world’ with a capital ‘W’ doesn’t inspire confidence, but it’s true the Wharfe can rise and fall in minutes, sweeping people off stepping stones and (perhaps) flooding allotments. […]

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