Slow allotment gardening in the life of a busy family
Sunday, 29 March 2009
The half-plot next to ours has been unkempt since the end of the summer, despite having crops of strawberries, cabbages and brussels sprouts planted. We heard on the site grapevine that the owner had moved on to a full plot. Last Sunday the new owner appeared, and in a whirlwind of activity hauled out the cabbage stumps, dug over the ground, and as a sign that he meant business, cut down the holly bush that was taking up a good quarter of the plot.
Rather alarmingly it turns out that he works at the Royal Botanic Gardens. He must have seen my alarm, because he was quick to reassure me that he wasn't a horticulturalist, but a tropical plant specialist. I'd still put him in the 'knowing a fair bit about plants' category. Perhaps I can pick up some tips.
He was accompanied by his two young sons, who found the whole event full of excitement and wonder. With two older teenage children I'd forgotten just how full-on life is at that stage.