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Updated 15th August 2017
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The Vegetable Patch Poem by John Baldry It's less likely than an Aesop's fable to 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 see deep underground others make whoopee. Throughout growth attack never ceases From 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 day You buy veges and throw seeds away
AN EVENING WITH PIPPA PIPPA GREENWOOD PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SECTION Pippa    Greenwood    is    a    British    plant     pathologist .        She    appears frequently   on   the   BBC 's   long   running   Gardeners'    World    television programme    and    has    been    a    regular    panellist    on    Gardeners'   Question    Time    on   BBC    Radio    4    since   1994.      She   also   was   the gardening    consultant    on    the    ITV    series    Rosemary     and     Thyme   (2003–6) She   studied   at   Durham    University ,   where   she   trained   as   a   botanist .     She   then   went   on   to   gain   an   MSc   in   crop    protection    at   Reading   University .    For    eleven    years    she    ran    the    Royal     Horticultural   Society 's Plant   Pathology  Department at Wisley .
7.30pm, Wednesday 18 th  October At Hayling Island Community Centre Ticketed Event: £5 for non-members and £4 for HIHS members Tickets are now available from Lecture Secretary Gill Elton.  Phone 023 9246 1942
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