Seeking garden slaves

When I was a kid my dad used to look after an elderly neighbour’s garden. In return he used a patch at the back behind the flower beds for a vegetable plot. We’d get home grown veg without losing the cricket/football/rugby pitch we called the lawn, while Mrs Moss had a beautiful flower garden to enjoy, and sometimes a few spare veg. It was a lovely arrangement and I often see huge gardens owned by older people who must struggle to maintain them and wonder if more similar arrangements couldn’t be made.

An allotment often isn’t convenient for some people. Even half a plot can be quite big if you just want to grow a few annual veg. With the waiting lists for a plot in some areas stretching into years, getting an allotment may not even be an option.

Also it’s just a really pleasant thing to do as a community, sharing skills, resources and time. You could say that I am wholeheartedly in favour of garden sharing, however this notice I spotted at our local post office seems to be a bit cheeky.

Calling all idiots

Isn’t this just asking for a free gardener? “A variety of vegetables for a family of four” is a big ask. I’ve struggled to achieve that this year on my allotment for my own family. Filling this landowner’s requirement wouldn’t leave much for your own table. Plus you’d be paying for all seed, feed and equipment veg gardening demands.

Given tone of self-righteousness in this ad, the author will probably be amazed that no one wants to snap up his generous offer.

Perhaps they’ll follow up this add with:

“Free parking – Use my driveway to keep your car, all I ask in return is that you ferry me and my family (4) to and from appointments.”

“Free kitchen – If your kitchen is too small for all your culinary experiments, you are welcome to use mine in exchange for a variety of meals for my family (4).”

Voila, a gardener, chauffer and cook. I just hope they’re grateful for the opportunity.


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