Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:37
back in ye olde days, we had a lesson called rural science, which covered allotment gardening, chicken rearing (and fattening, killing, plucking and seling) and food production. As I remember, we spent a great deal of time digging the school plot and precious little sowing or planting or designing etc. In no way did it inspire us to garden. (it did perhaps teach us to double dig, and vow never to do it again)
What did inspire me was the time spent in our own garden with my parents, the time spent on the allotment ( which would nowadays be seen as forced labour ) and watching Geoff Hamilton on television.