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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > July 2018 > GARDENING FOR THE TIME POOR


You may not have hours to spare, but this shouldn’t stop you growing your own crops. Allotment enthusiast Becky Dickinson offers some time-busting tips
Becky with daughters Daisy and Anya

There is a general, but unfortunate, consensus that gardening is an activity to take up when you retire. Once your kids have flown the nest, you’ve paid off the mortgage and are no longer enslaved to the 9-5. But to wait years, decades even, to grow your own food, is to miss out on one of life’s greatest pleasures – not to mention a whole load of nutrients.

I was eight months pregnant when I first took on an allotment. By the time my third child came along, most people, including my partner, questioned whether it was time to call it a day.Their scepticism only fuelled my desire to continue. And while it can be challenging, juggling work, family and a jungle of crops, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

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