Jane Perrone blogs about organic gardening at Horticultural and is writing a book about her allotment. Since 2001, she has also been blogging about news and blogs for Guardian Unlimited, where she works as deputy news editor. Jane thinks she may be the only person in the world to have lived in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Harlow, Essex.
Why do you blog? > As Michael Pollan writes in his book Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, 'Writing and gardening, these two ways of rendering the world in rows, have a great deal in common'. I wanted to write about what I was doing - and why - in my allotment and garden. As I am a geek this took the form of a blog.
What has been your best blogging experience? > My blog has been a great way of encountering fellow allotmenteers and gardeners from around the globe.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Deleting comment spam.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Write about what you're passionate about.
What are you reading at the moment? > Iain Banks's Walking on Glass, Gerard's Herball, and the latest edition of Organic Gardening magazine.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus.
What is your favourite poem? > 'The Shot' by Elizabeth Jennings.
What is your favourite movie? > Stand by Me.
What is your favourite song? > 'Hope There's Someone' by Antony and the Johnsons. I first heard it on BBC Six Music and it sent shivers down my spine. I thought: I have to find out who's behind that voice!
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > The HDRA Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. It's my gardening bible.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > No.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > The ability to forgive.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Laziness.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > I'm deeply prejudiced against runner beans and the skin on custard.
What is your favourite proverb? > The French proverb 'Tout passe, tout lasse, tout casse' - everything passes, everything wears out, everything breaks.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Text messaging.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Weeds, and whether I am going to get my book finished on time.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Kate Winslet.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Vancouver.
What would your ideal holiday be? > A trip to the Galapagos Islands.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > I don't really believe in the concept of 'spare time', but when I am not at work there's nowhere I'd rather be than my allotment.
What is your most treasured possession? > I can't single out something in particular, but my bronze Orion spade (from Implementations) and my 1960s automatic wristwatch are pretty high up the list.
What talent would you most like to have? > To be able to play the piano.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Gardener/garden writer.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Tommy Cooper.
Who are your sporting heroes? > I have a soft spot for José Mourinho.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd buy a house in the country with a big garden, walled vegetable plot, huge glasshouse and a copse of silver birches.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Angela Carter, Mark Rylance and Jared Diamond.
What animal would you most like to be? > A skylark.
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