All Posts Tagged with "potatoes"

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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Mar 16
2011

Chitting – an arcane practice

Across the nation, in households that look to all intents and purposes completely normal, an arcane practice takes place at this time of year. Windowsills and work surfaces become home to rows of brown, dusty things. They stay there till their skin goes as soft and wrinkled as an elephant’s, and pale shoots sprout. Then someone makes tea, pours it into a tartan thermos flask, laces it with whisky and, taking the poor and somehow blind-looking creatures with them, heads off down to the allotment with a spade.

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Jun 16
2010

Very overgrown

My Dad rings up. ‘I’ve been offered an allotment,’ he says. ‘After all these years!’ ‘Only one snag,’ he says. ‘It’s newly reclaimed land, not been cultivated for ten years or more. Very overgrown.’ I’m glad he views this as the only snag. He’s 87, has sciatica and a heart problem and has recently damaged […]

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