When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards selfsufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange and hostile world of arcane rules and regulations, and hosepipe standoffs. She finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping: battling Biblical-scale pest invasions; learning the dark arts of the competitive vegetable grower; and practising ninja-like disappearing acts to avoid yet another free cucumber from a neighbouring gardener. Witty, well-observed and with mouth-watering recipes, this book is for anyone who dreams of a slice of the good life.
Kay Sexton's fiction has been chosen for over forty anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. Her non-fiction life is largely green: she wrote Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life under the influence of horticulture and will continue to indulge her addiction to all things green and/or floral until they invent a 12 Step Programme for those who grow their own.
The Allotment Diaries, a sequel to Minding My Peas and Cucumbers, was published in March 2013 and continues her adventures in potting, plotting and feasting.