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We have video!

Okay, not video of me at the allotment, but a real book trailer! I’m so excited about it that I can hardly type!

Isn’t that amazing?

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RHS Garden Magazine, giant courgettes etc

Garden MagazineJust retrieved the latest copy of The Garden from the post box – very exciting, as always, and doubly so as the cover promises ‘The Best of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show’. Yes, that is a giant courgette above the magazine. There are three of them – the result of me not getting to the plot as often as I would have wished last week.

If anybody remembers the story in “Minding My Peas and Cucumbers” about the woman who built a play fort out of her overgrown courgettes … I’m at about the ‘toddler teepee’ stage of glut courgette construction!

Anyway, I’m terribly disappointed to report that ‘the best’ does not include any photographs of Adam Hewson, Kate Bradbury and myself rocking the RHS book pavilion with our wit and horticultural erudition (okay, Kate did that, I provided a reading from “The Allotment Diaries” and tastings of pickled nasturtiums and chive vinegar, plus discussion of the tyranny of some allotment committees).

adam kate meSo just to redress the balance, here is a picture to prove that not everything exciting at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was green and rooted in peat-free compost.*

*Photograph courtesy of Brie Burkeman.

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Book review in the making!

growing up the wallLook what arrived today! It couldn’t be more timely, as there were some mutterings at our Allotment Association AGM last night about the limitations of 5 rod plots and how unfair it was that a grower who’d proved they could handle more than 5 rods was likely to have to relocate to get 10 rods … perhaps vertical growing could be (part of) the answer?

I am really looking forward to reading this, and trying out some of the techniques, so watch this space for a review very soon!

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