At this time of year I often talk about my Schrebergarten. After the death of a Doktor Schreber a park in Leipzig was named in his honour; around the edges were small gardens allocated to families with children so they could enjoy fresh air and learn to grow things.
A German company now plans to install high-tech cabinets in supermarkets. These will provide water and light to grow leafy greens, salad crops,herbs and even strawberries. Fifty are already in use in Berlin and 200 are planned for London in the next year. The Infarm founder says the scheme would reduce transport costs, food waste and packaging. A far cry from Doktor Shreber’s aim to get people outside.
I will stick with my Schrebergarten-known in English as an allotment.