To dig or not to dig?

01 Sep 2020

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Like most of the general public, my family turned to gardening during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, in a bid to combine exercise, mental wellbeing and the safeguarding of our agricultural supplies – food shortages wouldn’t be a problem for us, or so we hoped.

We started planting various vegetable seeds in pots, with the view to turn our modest rural garden into something that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall would be proud of. Although this all went well, the problems began when the seedlings soon outgrew their containers and were large enough to require planting out.

We have lived in the same place for the past 20 years and have seen a succession of pets join and leave our family; we started with the small furries such as rabbits and guinea pigs, then had some ambitious but ill-fated chicken rearing attempts, before finally we matured into our cat and dog...