I’m not sure I agree with your methods (the little treats left in the pair of old trainers my husband leaves in the shed) but I do think you might have a point.
There is an issue at our plot more pressing than the digging over, the path installing and the fact that some of the bulbs we planted recently seem to think it is spring already: the issue of men’s attire.
I suspect that I am to blame. You can only watch so much Gardener’s World, Monty’s Italian Gardens, Monty’s French Gardens and Monty Don’s 80 Gardens around the world before thinking it’s ok to turn up to do some gardening in any old rags. But even Monty dons a pair of braces here and there… and there’s something of a simmering old-world Oliver Mellors quality about Monty that seems to make it mostly ok. And the old pair of trainers will never quite match that.
Percy Thrower harvests the parsnips in ‘How to Grow Vegetables and Fruit’ (Hamlyn 1977)
I was recently given a copy of Percy Thrower’s 1977 book How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables. And the sight of Percy at the vegetable garden with a smart pair of trousers and a tie on… well it is a joy to behold. And look at this shot of a man on the allotment during the Dig for Victory campaign: even the threat of Mr Hitler popping round isn’t holding him back from the tie and shirt look.
You may say, young mouse, that these photos are staged, images created not as a reflection of reality but as visual propaganda to convey a certain impression; but I say to you: it doesn’t matter. If I am to wear my best cashmere to plot 7a (see post re. Country Living Magazine somewhere below), then Mr Plotholder 7a must begin to reconsider his wardrobe.
I’m sure his old school would have said something along the lines of “look smart; think smart” to him. And perhaps we should be following the same approach here. With a sharpened approach who knows what wonders our row-sown vegetables could achieve. We should probably put some more garlic in soon (I was watching a Monty Don video about this matter last week…) and together Mouse, we could spruce Mr Plotholder 7a up and he will plant a row of garlic unlike any he has ever planted before (that amounting to one row. We have only been here 6 months you know).
Before I go, Mouse: between you, the spider and the frog, it’s getting a bit like the green-room before the filming of an episode of ‘The Animals of Farthing Wood’ in our shed. Can you keep things as neat as possible in there? And may I stress that if my posh wellies are in the shed, you are never, NEVER to commit another ‘dirty protest’.
Cheers ears. Yours,
Frog of The Shed