My name is Allan. I am an addict. I can’t stop scoring seed. It’s as if the joy is in the collecting not the sowing and growing (though I love to do that, too). Every spring, around now, I sort seed, gather the packets into groups, into leafy crops and flowers, assorted fruits and roots. There will be multiple versions of the same packets, many from the same supplier. I also suffer from seed amnesia, groundhog days of growing.
The first wild flowers I picked – in the days when it was still OK to do so – were for Mothering Sunday. They are forever tied for me with Lilian Drabble. Lilian was my foster mum. She gave my brother and me a new home, and a new life with her husband Dudley, our new dad. Lilian loved primroses. In our first year she’d walk us to school. I was five, Christopher was six. If the sea was out it was a shortish walk along the tidal road or the stepping stones, past the seaweed to the sound of gulls.
In like a lion, out like a lamb: it’s the time of warming sun and soil and sowing seed. March is the start of spring (meteorological spring 1 March; vernal equinox 20 March), when smart gardeners prepare vegetable beds for summer, autumn, even winter (I get over-excited and don’t always manage the last). Beetroot, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, radish, spinach and onion sets can all be sown outside now. I also like a salad mix.
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Selecting a term
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