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The Vegetable PatchPoem by John BaldryIt's less likely than an Aesop's fableto sow and grow for your own table.There are some who benefit it's true,it's the birds and bugs but it's not you.You till the soil and plant last year's seeds,for a lovely crop of this year's weeds.Wow what a skinflint I hear you you say,go buy nice new packets without delay.Supermarket seeds are not cheap,harvest needs be a tidy heap.Hot foot it home and get them planted,hoping aspirations will be granted.This time you missed the sow by date,but sown now they quickly germinate,but please now pray don't get excited,Be sure your crop will soon be blighted.Planting too late you missed the boat,now slugs and snails on seedlings bloat.Few plants make it against the odds,but kings of the crop are the gastropods.All your greens with a tasty flavor,Before ripe, birds and bugs will savor.It's not only the pests that you can seedeep underground others make whoopee.Throughout growth attack never ceasesFrom aphids, root fly, and diseases.At last wash off soil, cut out the rot,Lets eat the pathetic lot you've got.You serve distorted bits and pieces,their shape, cruel family wit releases.You mutter never, never again,to such pointless toil will body strain.In the supermarket seeds are seen,Next to fresh veg, so perfect, so clean.Earth Mother fetish has had its dayYou buy veges and throw seeds away
AN EVENING WITH PIPPAPIPPA GREENWOOD PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SECTIONPippa Greenwood is a British plantpathologist. She appears frequently on the BBC's long running Gardeners'Worldtelevision programme and has been a regular panellist on Gardeners'QuestionTimeon BBCRadio4since 1994. She also was the gardening consultant on the ITV series RosemaryandThyme(2003–6)She studied at DurhamUniversity, where she trained as a botanist. She then went on to gain an MSc in cropprotectionat ReadingUniversity. For eleven years she ran the RoyalHorticulturalSociety's PlantPathology Department at Wisley.
7.30pm, Wednesday 18th OctoberAt Hayling Island Community CentreTicketed Event: £5 for non-members and £4 for HIHS membersTickets are now available fromLecture Secretary Gill Elton. Phone 023 9246 1942