Spotlight on hydroponics
GARDENERS from a horticulture group heard about a different way of growing during a visit to an agricultural college.
Members of Bollington Horticultural Society went to Reaseheath College in Nantwich and had a lecture about hydroponics, a method where plants are not grown in soil but in nutrient-rich water which circulates throughout the crop.
Pauline Pedlar, from the society, said: “Reaseheath College is in Britain’s top five agricultural colleges and last year had a huge greenhouse built for hydroponic develpment and research.
“The lecturer who showed us round was convinced hydroponics was the future for commercial growers to produce crops like tomatoes and strawberries all year round quicker and more easily.
“Tomato plants which had only been planted in December were already producing fruit and about 12ft high.
“Strawberries, pelagoniums and petunias were being grown in other sections of the greenhouse.
“The group was given different varieties of tomatoes to taste and all were sweet and juicy.
“As Reaseheath had once been a stately home, there was a hall and beautiful grounds to look round before catching the coach home.”
The next meeting is on Thursday, April 21 at Bollington Community Centre, Ovenhouse Lane, at 7.30pm.
The talk is entitled A Country Walk and the speaker is garden designer Jane Allison.