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The big pot

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The big pot

An immense pot stands beside the back door step. The pot holds roughly 100 litres of earth. It has stood there for about three years now and this evening Danny noticed the pot for the first time. “Wow. That pot is enormous. How much did it cost?” “I bought it years ago.” “It’s stunning.” Visibly relieved that the pot had not made a massive dent in the housekeeping budget. It’s a simple pot but the spot, north east facing, cried out for a hefty container that would give plants a decent chance to...

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Growing tomatoes in large recycled olive tins

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Growing tomatoes in large recycled olive tins

After the disaster of my tomatoes getting what I thought was blight, the replacements that I bought are romping along. Good sturdy plants and much better than the understudies that were waiting in the greenhouse. These are growing but in a thin and straggly sort of way. I should have moved them to the cold frame much earlier on. Meanwhile it turns out the tomatoes with ‘blight’ didn’t have blight after all. If they had blight they would have turned black weeks ago. They are happily growing out of the carrier bags that I put...

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