Have you ever found yourself inwardly – or outwardly – cursing the slugs that have wreaked havoc in your garden or allotment, engaged in a battle of wills as you survey the slimey trails of destruction and holey leaves on your plants and vegetables? Or been so incensed at always coming second in the local agricultural show to your retired neighbour who has all the time in the world to tend his tomatoes that you have been driven to contemplate murder?

If any of this sounds familiar (maybe not the murder bit), then Can You Dig It?, a delightful vegetable cultivation-based, musical comedy show from the fertile brains of comedy songwriters Jo Stephenson, from Harrow, and Dan Woods, will be right up your street.

It features a shed-load of songs inspired by the pair’s experiences on their respective allotments – Jo’s is on Harrow Council’s Greenhill site and Dan’s is in Honor Oak Park in south-east London – with topics including compost, vegetable theft, annoying allotment neighbours, digging and an evil pigeon called Derrick.

The duo have performed the show at more than 60 venues up and down the UK – including at garden centres – and are the only comedy/music act to feature on the popular BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time, entertaining a panel that included Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness and Anne Swithinbank with their Eurovision-style tribute to the programme.

“That was brilliant, a great honour,“ says Jo, 39, who has had her allotment for seven years and grows “loads of different stuff“ on it. “It was very exciting to meet some of our gardening heroes.“

Another celebrated fan of the show is DG Hessayon, the botanist and author of the best-selling series of gardening manuals known as the Expert Guides, the ones that you see in every gardening centre – who, of course, Jo and Dan have written a song about.

“He got in touch, he’s a fan and he’s been very supportive,“ says Jo, who went to Hatch End High School and then Weald College, now part of Harrow College. “Unlike Alan Titchmarsh. I do a 1980s-style power ballad love song to Alan – he’s definitely aware of it, but I don’t know whether he likes it or not. But it’s my dream to perform my Alan song to the great man himself, I’m just waiting for the opportunity.“

Jo, a freelance journalist by day who started out doing work experience on the Harrow Times, is very excited that the show is coming to her home soil next week, to Seeds of Italy, the family-run seed business in the Phoenix Industrial Estate, and hopes the green-fingered of Harrow will turn out for the show that has its roots in the area.

“For the last two years I’ve entered the Harrow in Leaf show and have won prizes for my vegetables,“ says Jo.

“The first year I entered I got first prize for my beans, which was very exciting, and I have also won prizes for my squash and courgettes. I’m also the flower arranging champion two years running. My ambition is to win more first prizes.

“I got my allotment because I wanted to grow my own vegetables – I love cooking with things I’ve grown myself – and because I really like gardening. I had no idea I’d end up going all around the country singing songs about it!“

  • Can You Dig It? is at Seeds of Italy, Rosslyn Crescent, Phoenix Industrial Estate, Harrow on Thursday, March 19 at 7.30pm. Details: 020 8427 5020, seedsofitaly.com, can-you-dig-it.co.uk