Inch by Inch

First of all, listen very carefully to some sound advice from Peggy Seeger, singing recently from her home near Oxford as part of the Folk on Foot Front Room Festival. Having been alive for 84 years, she knows what’s what:

We have been trying to do as she instructs:

A full greenhouse

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with the propagators working overtime to get seeds germinated

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Fennel coming through

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Beans erupting

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Squash and Peppers

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not forgetting the Sunflowers

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Cabbages waiting outside

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The first tomatoes to leave the green house for the tunnel

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watched over by the Olive Tree

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Nearby Peas are poking up

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Marigoilds at the ready for deterring pests

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Salad in the other tunnel

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Beetroot

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Strawberries

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and Figs

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Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make this garden grow.
Gonna mulch it deep and low,
Gonna make it fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Please bless these seeds I sow.
Please keep them safe below
‘Til the rain comes tumbling down.

Pullin’ weeds and pickin’ stones,
We are made of dreams and bones
Need spot to call my own
Cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain
I’ll find my way in nature’s chain
Tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land.

Plant your rows straight and long,
Season them with a prayer and song
Mother earth will keep you strong
If you give her love and care.
Old crow watching from a tree
Has his hungry eyes on me
In my garden I’m as free
As that feathered thief up there.

Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make this garden grow.
Gonna mulch it deep and low,
Gonna make it fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Please bless these seeds I sow.
Please keep them safe below
‘Til the rain comes tumbling down.

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