I’ll come straight to the point. How do you ask your neighbour to ‘pick some veg’ while you’re on holiday, but politely say ‘leave some for me!’?
Our kind neighbour is poised to water our garden while we’re away and I have suggested that he might like to pick some of the Runner Beans, Courgettes, Radishes and French Beans. I don’t mind too much if he has the odd Raspberry too. But he can only have a Tomato if it’s practically falling off the plant! and I’d really like everything else untouched when I get back, specifically the Grapes.
The problem is – how to do I say that without sounding: