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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Fifty years ago in 1967, I shared two plots with my father on our local allotment site, but in the mid-Seventies, following the death of my father and pressure of work, I gave up the plots. Now 50 years on I am sharing a plot on the same site with my son, close to the original plots. Unfortunately, due to a stroke and a hip replacement my involvement is restricted so we have opted for raised beds over most of the plot.

After all this time the biggest change I have found is how people come to the site. In the Sixties most people walked, cycled or pushed a wheelbarrow with their tools in. Now the parking area is full of 4×4s, Mercedes, BMWs etc.

However, my enthusiasm has been rekindled and this year I tried growing sweet potatoes and celeriac for the first time. I have even taken my 1960s Jalo push cultivator and plough out of retirement!

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Rhubarb for rookies plus A-class asparagus - Win great prizes worth over £2704 - Sow peas for early pickings - 7 slug controls on test - A taste of italy fresh from your garden - Meet the hairy bikers Si & Dave talk veg - Get the most from oriental salads - Grow your own cuppa - Reduce garden plastic