Real Men Sow

Jan shovelling muckJan is my mum, my heroine, and my right hand woman.

She has never been on a plane, can’t drive, never used a computer and only recently has she bought a mobile phone.

Jan now texts me something allotment based most days. The messages are always informative and useful, but not normally immediately legible.

A recent example: there must be some produce that doesnt need sun but will need light does it get any sun at all what you had in mind I reckon things like spring onions radish lettuce but in container you need to liquid feed we need to reseach it

However, what Jan lacks in punctuation, she more than makes up for in the garden. Forty odd years a gardener; she’s a legend, and I couldn’t have taken on my allotment without her.

In between teaching me all she knows and growing seedlings in her greenhouse, Jan provides the Kettle Chips for our sessions on the plot and gently nags me to make sure I’m remembering to water.

She can also smell out a good pile of well rotted horse crap from several miles away.

About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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