Inspired by my first ever new pound coin...
Gardeners’ Question Time
“My leeks, my shamrock, my thistles and roses
Are no longer thriving,” our listener discloses.
“What can I do to ensure they’ll grow freely?
The answer should be inexpensive, ideally.”
“May I ask firstly what else you have growing?
And which way is the prevailing wind blowing?”
“I’ve walls on all sides, so no hint of a breeze
And to keep it all tidy, I’ve cut down the trees.
I’ve dug up all species that aren’t from these shores:
Tomatoes, potatoes and black hellebores
I just want my British plants richer and fuller
So I’ve driven out all of the non-native colour.”
“Well, there is your problem, I’m sorry to say.
You’re turning your soil into hard, sterile clay.
With only four species within your four walls
You’ll soon find your fragile fertility falls.
The answer is simple: to get a rich loam
You just have to make it a welcoming home.”