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X and the City by John A. Adam

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Chapter 5

GARDENING IN THE CITY

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When I was growing up, I loved to visit my grandfather. Despite living in a city (or at least, a very large town) he was able to cultivate and maintain quite a large garden, containing many beautiful plants and flowers. In fact, whenever I asked what any particular flower was called, his reply was always the same: “Ericaceliapopolifolium!” I never did find out whether he was merely humoring me, or whether he didn’t know! In addition to his garden, he rented a smaller strip of land (an “allotment”) farther up the road where, along with several others, he grew potatoes, carrots, beans, and other vegetables. I’m ...

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