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June 20, 2007

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John Gilbert

Firstly i would like to congratulate you on a wonderful garden - it really is quite impressive and is testament to your hard work and dedication. I do, however, have two queries which I hope you can answer for me.

Firstly, being a wannabe grower myself, I am a strong supporter of your commitment to your vegetables, and I think our feelings are summed up nicely by the great grower, Uncle Monty:

‘I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees. There is, you'll agree, a certain je ne sais quoi oh so very special about a firm young carrot.’

However, my question to you relates to Claire. How did you manage to convince your other half that the garden should be used for legumes and herbs as opposed to a row of geraniums, chrysanthemums, or clematis’s which women would tend to find more appealing? And, what are her thoughts of your patch?

Secondly, I am a strong supporter of organic vegetables, and find the idea of ‘packaged’ and preserved foods quite repulsive. My question is, therefore, what, if any, do you put on your vegetables to keep the bugs at bay?

Stay green.

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