Scrapbook Project – Gardening

Gardening is a life skill that it is a pleasure to pass down through the generations.

My dad used to love being in the garden and at weekends he would put on his working clothes (burgundy check shirt and courdoroy trousers) and his worn out old gardening boots, which I think may well have been his National Service issue boots and toil away for hours, mowing the lawn with an old Qualcast push mower, tidying up the flower beds and borders and most of all looking after the vegetable plot at the bottom of the garden.  There were always a couple of rows of potatoes that needed earthing up, cabbages that needed to be inspected for cabbage white caterpillars and some rows of beans that needed tieing in.

Gardening Seeds Growing Sowing

One of the nice things about this was that while he did this he encouraged me to help and passed on his knowledge and his tips – always sow runner beans on June 6th is one that always sticks in my mind for some reason.  To encourage my interest he would let me have the responsibility of looking after the easiest plants, the lettuce and the radish, those that could be relied upon to germinate quickly and to grow without too much trouble or the need for constant attention.

In my turn I taught my own children about seeds and plants and gardening and growing fresh vegetables so I was delighted this week when my daughter sent me this picture of my granddaughter looking after her seedlings in a way that I can remember doing myself under the supervision of my dad.

7 responses to “Scrapbook Project – Gardening

  1. What a lovely memory, and a blessing to see the tradition carried on to yet another generation. My dad always said he didn’t plant anything that couldn’t be eaten. My mom was on her own with a few flowers here and there in the edge of the garden.

  2. What a lovely picture of your little grand daughter. She looks a lot like you!
    Lovely story..

  3. wow – cool story – and I love the shot of your grandfather – someone in your family is really good at keeping stuff – it looks like it is i really good shape.

    and loved this part:

    “Gardening is a life skill that it is a pleasure to pass down through the generations.” amen to that. 🙂

  4. Beautifully written. I could feel the warmth and love, and was actually ‘there’ with your memories. Nice style of writing Andrew.

  5. Great blog. Especially like the ‘late developer’ pieces. Have recently posted my own take on grammar and modern schools. See

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