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Geoff Hodge Web Editor Peterborough

I've been a horticultural journalist for 20 years, a gardener for longer than I want to think about and a veg grower for 25 years.

  • Date Joined: 21 Nov 2006

Itching has been scratched

Posted by Geoff Hodge on 17 Jun 2008 at 11:06 AM

My itchy fingers from last Friday were well and truly scratched over the weekend - I had a good catch up at home and at the allotment.

My main bug bear was the number of tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, cucumbers and squashes that needed to be potted up into their final growing pots. So, armed with a trusty tenner I went to my local independent garden centre and bought three 70-litres bags of compost. This equates to 22 final growing pots, and so now most of the plants have a resting home to grow into. Once potted up they needed some bamboo cane supports and tying in. So now everyone's happy!

On Sunday we spent about three hours on the allotment and I got all the squashes, sweetcorn, celery, celeriac and the last of the runner beans planted.

The only things still needing a home are the tomatoes I couldn't accommodate in the garden - no more room, no more pots large enough and no more tenners for compost! So tonight I'm going back to the allotment to plant these out and ease my guilty conscience for good. Well, that is until the next emergency comes along! Hopefully that'll be lack of watering due to a blisteringly hot summer; dream on!

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