Top gardener says she used a VIBRATOR to help pollinate 32,000 tomatoes

Top gardener says she used a VIBRATOR to help pollinate 32,000 tomatoes

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A TOP gardener left fans and fellow experts red-faced after revealing on a prestigious BBC radio show how she once used a vibrator to help pollinate 32,000 tomatoes.

Horticulturist Christine Walkden told the howling crowds: “It was one of my worst jobs ever!”

Horticulturist Christine Walkden told the howling crowds: 'It was one of my worst jobs ever!'
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Christine Walkden once used a vibrator to pollinate 32,000 tomatoes[/caption]

Amused chairperson of Gardeners’ Question Time Kathy Clugston said: “I can’t believe this has just come out after all these years. I don’t suppose there is any photographic evidence to put on our Twitter Feed?”

This week’s popular R4 programme, where amateur gardeners question a panel of experts in front of a live audience, was described by a commentator as “the raciest ever.”

Panellist Christine, discussing best ways to grow one of Britain’s best loved fruits, said: “One of my worst jobs ever as a young student was using a vibrator on 32,000 tomatoes.”

Kathy quipped: “Surely it was your best job ever. I’m amazed you can even grow tomatoes after that.”

To a highly amused audience in the posh Chiltern Hills in Cheshum, Bucks, Christine continued: “The things you get asked to do to become a professional horticulturist. That was day after day with a mechanical vibrator, you had to tickle every flower. It was the most boring, monotonous, mind numbing job that would put all us determined students off.”

Panellist Pippa Greenwood asked: “Do you not think all the members of staff were behind the greenhouse cracking up with laughter?”


 

Christine replied: “This was a research place, I’ll have you know! It was always the poor so and so that was last in, that keen enthusiastic student that wanted to learn that spent her worry…” before breaking into piercing vibrating sounds.

“Fond memories!”

Vibrations in tomato vines can cause the flowers to release pollen which starts the fruiting process.


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