gardening in pots

Seven years ago we moved to a complex for elderly people like us.  Our neighbour down below, a lady in her nineties, was a keen grower of vegetables, the only one among the forty five residents, apart from one who was sensible enough to grow his vegetables in an allotment two miles away.  Our neighbour had been growing her veg since she moved in when the flats were first built.  Her speciality was runner beans which were very successful, growing to a considerable height.  I joined her with these and gradually added others till I had about eight different varieties of vegetable.  Four years ago sadly she had to move away.  Soon after I was informed that there had always been a rule, which nobody had mentioned, that vegetables were not allowed except in pots.  I was rather sad about this and I dispatched all my raspberry canes to Little Gidding, our last home, where I had turned a grass walled space into a very productive garden, complete with a fig tree and espalier Cox.  I speculated that I had been punished as I am an extremely untidy gardener and my garden was the most untidy patch in the whole complex.

After a while my wife Judith took me in hand and found an excellent RHS publication all about growing in pots.  This said that the best sort of pots were plastic ones, so Judith found me a discount store in Peterborough which sold good sized plastic pots at a very reasonable price, so we brought home a dozen to add to the half dozen we had inherited.  We then had a leaflet through the door from the milkman saying that he was selling peat-free compost so we ordered two large bags of that and Judith also found some blocks of Traidcraft coir compost to which one added five litres of water and we got two of those  Some time ago we had been told we were not allowed to make our own compost because it would attract flies.  We looked through the RHS book and chose eight varieties of vegetables again and then had to decide whether to plant seeds or seedlings.  Seeds would be cheaper but seedlings would be more reliable, so we will probably do a mixture of both.  As it is May it is the ideal time of year as I was once told that it is risky to plant much earlier because of possible frosts.

This reminds me that when Lloyd George came up against difficulties he used to sit on the bank and watch the way the river did not try to knock over a boulder but went round it.



About lifestylertony

Married to Judith, two daughters, Susanna and Jessica, three grandchildren, Thomas, Harriet, twins aged 13 and Joel aged 9. Susanna is married to Jim and lives in Brighton. Jessica i married to Simon and lives in Birmingham. We live in Oundle. Recently started OTT, Oundle Transition Town. Chair of Lifestyle Movement. Invved with Little Gidding. Helped to found community there in 1973. Cooordinates Companions of Little Gidding.Wife Judith secretary of Friends of Little Gidding and founder of T.S.Eliot anuual festival.
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One Response to gardening in pots

  1. Good point, well made. A lesson I need to learn and relearn.

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