Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Covent Garden

Allotments in central London are a rarity - why have a lovely green space for people to grow their fruit and vegetables when you can have another office block, or perhaps another road? - so I am looking forward to this Sunday (May 18) when I will be visiting the allotment in Covent Garden. This is what it looks like...

Looks pretty spruce, doesn't it? It's quite hard to tell, but as far as I can judge there don't seem to be any slugs munching their way through the cabbages, or carrot fly holes in the carrots, or Brussels sprouts toppling over because the wind got to them; so all in all it doesn't really bear much of a resemblance to my own plot at all. It is still a splendid initiative, though, all part of a series of events called the Spring Renaissance. Working together with the Conservation Foundation, the festival has set up a proper working allotment on the North Piazza where, on Sunday at noon, I will be giving a reading from my book One Man And His Dig. That's if anyone is listening, of course: if they aren't, I will just be directing tourists to the Transport Museum.
If the thought of me appearing at the festival (Valentine Low Live at Covent Garden! One performance only! I like the sound of that...) is not excitement enough, Richard Reynolds - the author of Guerrilla Gardening - will be there at noon on Saturday. Who knows, we could even join forces and start a Guerrilla Vegetable Gardening movement. Just imagine: people waking up one morning to find that Parliament Square had been turned into a giant vegetable patch, or that every Tesco car park in the country had been invaded by row after row of cabbages and beetroot. The revolution starts here!

7 comments:

colleen said...

Love the book. There's a lot in there that's familiar - oh, the law and order politics of the AGM! I shall be sticking to the beans and squash this year.

annie said...

Have ordered the book! But have enjoyed reading the extracts. I am VERY new to 'GROWING STUFF'and feel a bit lost!

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Valentine Low said...

Colleen - thrilled that you like the book. Good luck with the beans and the squash...

Valentine Low said...

Annie - glad that you liked the extracts. I hope the book doesn't disappoint! And yes, I remember feeling very lost when we first got our plot nearly four years ago. Come to think of it, when I was there yesterday, desperately trying to find signs of parsnip seedlings, I felt pretty lost too...

Victoria said...

I haven't managed to get my (ungloved) hands on your book yet but I'm really looking forward to reading it. You're so lucky: I've got more chance of getting a plot in a Wandsworth cemetery than I have of getting a Wandsworth allotment. Love the blog, too