Now is the time to be preparing the garden for next spring’s crop of concrete.
You have to treat this natural resource very carefully and dig down to around 7 or 8 inches before planting.
Place the concrete bulbs (you can buy these at any good builders’ merchant) in the ground about 3 inches apart.
By March, if the frost doesn’t get them, the distinctive grey buds of your concrete will be coming through.
People often ask what you can do with fully ripened concrete. As if admiring its wonderful colouring wasn’t enough. Unlike wood that can be shaped into many objects, concrete has limited applications. Some people use it on driveways, roads or even to build walls.
Is it sustainable? Unlike more fashionable products which can be easily grown in a sustainable way, with all the waste that involves, concrete can be easily recycled by simply smashing it to pieces with a handy sledgehammer.
A rose may be a rose by any other name,
But, growing concrete is what brought Mike Graham fame!
Socialist of many years. Former Labour member. Currently presenter of The Socialist Hour.