The Beechgrove Garden is a Scottish gardening TV programme (made by BBC Scotland). They are currently doing a trial of the Air-Pot for Tender crops – growing a variety of Tender crops in the greenhouse. Details can be found on Fact Sheet no. 7 relating to the programme which went on air on Monday 16th May 2011. There will be regular updates on the performance of the crops throughout this series. If you would like to see the Beechgrove’s tips for growing Tender Crops click here.
Gone to pot, a beauty of a 35ft birch
This splendid 35ft silver birch will be the largest yet at the Chelsea Flower Show. For 25 years, Hiller Nurseries in Hampshire cultivated the tree, valued at £4,500. It was transplanted every three years to keep its roots trim enough to fit the huge pot. The Independent 6th May 2011
Analysis of Air-Pot trial
A selection of 19 gardenersclick.com members were picked for the trial (all had signed up for product testing).They were invited to test Air-Pot containers designed for growing potatoes or tender crops. In keeping with the social networking aspect of the website, the trialists provided a stream of commentary about their experiences with the Air-Pot containers. This appeared on the Product Testing notice board & photo gallery, their own personal pages (blogs, photos, comments) and chat room messages written to others. This information, together with responses to a follow up questionnaire, have been analysed to give an overview of performance.
Significant gains can be made in terms of quality and environmental impact through the study of plant stress dynamics. In the root environment, for example, containers with punctured side-walls promote ‘air-pruning’ of roots as a result of stress; a technique that is increasingly being accepted for woody, nursery-stock plants.
Root to the future
The Air-Pot container is the brainchild of Jamie Single, an Australian horticulturist now working in Edinburgh, supplying the horticultural industry worldwide - pioneers of air roots from Oz to us.