Troubador Born to Dig

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800461727

eISBN: 9781800468795

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Born to Dig

A Gardener's Chronicle


From the age of eight, David L Haigh was enthralled by the growth of plants and the magical powers of the soil in which they grew. He knew he was born to dig.

Presenting his memoirs, Born to Dig: A Gardener’s Chronicle takes the reader from a small northern village to college in Essex and practical training in the plant lover’s haven of Kew Gardens.  Prior to early retirement David was a senior lecturer in horticulture at a rural university campus.  In semi-retirement he hosted garden holidays, wrote weekly gardening articles and tended his two allotments.

An easy journey, with plenty of humorous episodes sown in, such as an alcohol-fuelled sighting of a UFO, and heartwarming moments galore, Born to Dig is a must read for those who enjoy the quiet pleasure of reading a book in a well-tended garden.

My life story 'Born to Dig' - A Gardener's Chronicle is at the proofreading stage. The expected publication date is late Jan 2021. I am working on an amended and up-dated version of a small book (booklet) which I self-published a few years ago on how to grow food crops in the small greenhouse. This practical guide is designed to be taken into the greenhouse and referred to when sowing and planting etc.
Update on the above practical guide.

Enjoy Your Greenhouse is now live on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions.

Two weeks ago I took delivery of the paperback version of 'Born to Dig'. I was delighted when i opened the box and took out the top copy. it looks and feels great. The feedback received to date is very complementary. Matador/Troubador have done a great job for which I express my sincere thanks. The ebook version went live on 18th Jan and like the paperback version it for me anyway was a painless process.
Took part in a very enjoyable 50 min conversation on BBC Radio Cumbria on Thursday 11th February with presenter Helen Millican just after 8 pm. Also had good reviews in the Westmorland Gazette, Cumberland News, Cumberland and Westmorland Herald and Cumbria magazine.

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David Haigh

I was born and raised in a small Westmorland village. My working life was spent in horticulture with many years in education. In 2005 I took early retirement from the University of Central Lancashire. In semi-retirement I have written gardening articles, created and run practical gardening classes and acted as a gardens holiday host. Now living in Galloway I am busy creating a new garden and attempting to diversify in my writing endeavours.

David Haigh -Taking time out to reflect

Pond and adjacent planting is developing as well as expected.
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