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A gardener’s Christmas alphabet

THE garden has been a saviour for so many of us during this strange year of lockdowns and self-isolation. Over Christmas, we can take stock, indulge ourselves and look eagerly forward to a brighter new year.

But there are seasonal preoccupations, too. I offer a checklist—a Gardener’s Christmas Alphabet, which provides cheer and challenges in equal measure.

A is for the angst that champion vegetable growers will feel if their other half does not let them disappear into

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