Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Buckets of Tomatoes!

I sowed quite a few tomato seeds of various varieties back in February, & where two seedlings grew of any one variety, I potted them both on, & when I planted them out at the Hill last week, I kept back the duplicates for growing on here at home.

The plan here is to minimise the risk of blight in the tomatoes later in the summer – if the Hill gets hit, I have a back up. Of course it will also give me a comparison between pot & ground sown tomatoes in terms of growth & yield.

I’ve dithered as to what to plant the tomatoes out in – & settled on 10 litre buckets from Wilko, which I bought for 99p each, which was much cheaper than the equivalent size plant pot, & they do look rather smart.

With more compost bought, holes drilled in the buckets for drainage, & empty pop bottles at the ready for watering into, the only thing which stopped me planting all six out this evening was the rapidly falling light…


  1. The 'origami pots' look like they have survived well

  2. Yes, they have - however they wouldn't stand an awful lot of handling. Worth doing again, certainly.


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