Dave’s purple sprouting

September 4, 2009 at 6:59 am 3 comments

Dave's purple sproutingA tray of seedlings carefully tended and ready for transplanting is a welcome gift to a gardener without a greenhouse or windowsills.  Dave has two greenhouses at home, 2.5 plots at the allotment, lots of experience and a very generous heart.  Walking past Dave’s plot on my way home I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stopped for a chat and been offered exactly what I’d made a mental note of getting for next time or had left too late to sow.  I have Dave to thank for several of the vegetables* in my garden and with people like him generously sharing plants, tips and encouragement it’s no wonder there’s a long waiting list for plots.  Purple sprouting

Purple sprouting transplanted

* other donations from Dave this year; kohl rabi, cabbages, onion sets, valour potatoes, kale

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  • 1. mangocheeks  |  September 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    This is what makes an allotment lovely, lovely neighbours.
    Also for one minute, just one minute, I thought Dave was already harvesting purple sprouting broccoli, like me for some strange reason this year, then I noticed it was some seedlings. Oh well, I do hope they grow to reward you when they are mean’t to.

  • 2. farewell corner plot | Nip it in the bud  |  March 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm

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  • […] two years old.  As we packed up the last few bits from our shed our allotment neighbour Dave kindly said ”don’t feel bad about it, when Euan is older and the time is right you […]


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