Spot­light on hy­dro­pon­ics

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.