Wednesday 19 February 2020

Yank your carrots

An American review of the new 'flexibound' 2019 edition of the book The Half-Hour Allotment reveals a difference between the UK and the USA:

as I sat down to read the book — with its beautiful photographs of vegetables and gardens that included flowers for bouquets, and ways to prepare the soil — I realized it had a British publisher and the allotments being talked about were garden spaces away from the house.

When talking to Americans, conveying the idea of allotments needs something like the phrase "vegetable gardens elsewhere in the town" or "the town's vegetable-growing gardens".

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