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Politics & Gardening (The Carrot Revolution!) -
This blog was inspired by a Tweet from the amazing vegetable grower Charles Dowding about veg growing being political, referring specifically to the Americans after the Revolution insisting on growing native, rather than British, trees. Gardening and politics, you'd think they are unrelated subjects, but they are not. Politics gets everywhere, attempting to influence how you think and how you act, and always with some agenda.
Classical music is political. If you doubt this, take a poll of the voting habits of the audience of a classical music concert. They will be largely Tory with a spattering of Liberal and barely a Labour voter in sight. Is this just a coincidence, an artefact of class, or the fact that classical music embodies the values of the ruling classes, which see their artistic choices, politics and tastes not just as one choice among many but the obvious, common sense, right way to think? Classical music is the highest, most valuable, best kind of music because the people who control what is viewed as the best like it the most. That's politics.
In the same way, every novel that you read has been selected from thousands offered by a middle-
What has all this got to do with gardening? Gardening is art, and what's true in one artform is true in another. In our society, we have tens of thousands of people queuing up for food banks, millions who are obese and suffering from diet-
If that's not enough, our bees and all insects are suffering catastrophic declines, setting up an ecological disaster for the whole ecosystem, including our own food supply. Yet we are encouraged to concern ourselves with colour-
Our country is effectively controlled by a handful of super-
Growing your own food is taking a step out of the system. It's sticking two fingers up to the Man. People who have allotments are not people who queue for three days to spend a week's salary on the new iPhone (which is obsolete in months). People who have learned how much work goes into growing food are more likely to ask ‘Tesco, how exactly do you produce a chicken for £2.50? What corners are you cutting?' People who know how good food really tastes are less likely to fall for cheap imitations in fancy packaging. People who grow food think for themselves.
Growing food isn't an exercise in earnest do-
I have read somewhere that, if you want to make a new world, don't waste your time arguing with the old one, just get on with building the new one. Vive la revolution, grow some carrots!