All Posts Tagged with "nettles"

Apr 28
2012

A friend in weed is a friend indeed

When I mention the allotment to friends, they often say ‘how rewarding, eating your own veg! And all that fresh air you get.’

These friends aren’t allotment-holders. The ones that are raise their eyebrows and silently clasp my shoulder to express their sympathy at this difficult time of year.

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Jul 23
2011

A watched crop never grows

It’s amazing what a fortnight away can do. When I visited the allotment this morning, it looked like the allotment of a Proper Gardener.

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Oct 3
2010

Weedkiller

Until recently, Dad and I haven’t used weedkiller on the allotment. There’s no real reason, just a vague prejudice against chemicals. On Dad’s side this is coupled with the idea that the plot ‘only takes an hour to clear’ and on my side that the exercise involved might make me lose weight. But after three […]

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Jun 23
2010

Home-made tools

Dad is right about the blackcurrant bushes. I slash through the nettle jungle that is our allotment with a bill hook, a vicious looking scimitar that cost £4 from the local tool shop. My hands tingle and throb despite gardening gloves – even my stings have stings. Dad and Mr Mandy Sutter look on.  ‘Four […]

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