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Busy planting

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been hard at work planting up all our Solar Hydro planters.

We have a variety of different planters, some with pots some without, some long and thin some square. Whatever the space we are sure to have a planter that suits your space.

All our planters harness the power of the sun to keep your plants watered, enhancing growth and yield whether you’re growing tomatoes, chillies, aubergines or beans.

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Introducing the 2018 season

The polytunnel remains pretty dead as we head into the last quarter of a very long winter. But that’s not stopping us making plans for even more spectacular results with solar hydro, the surest way to bigger yields of quality produce and all without massive expenditure and too much work.

We’ll be growing Sakura tomatoes again because for flavour and yield they cannot be beaten. We’ll introduce a new plum tomato Roma which has got to be worth a try.

On the sweet pepper side we are staying with Tarquinio which will deliver the large flavoursome fruits we are looking for over a long productive season.

We have no realistic expectations of beating last years melon crop which was just “awesome” as the young people say. We are staying with a proven variety Antalya that we have high hopes for again. Also we are set to grow water melons in solar hydro . We are going to use two varieties, Fascino which we have grown before and found very good but also Charleston Grey which is very popular “stateside” and is surely worth a try here.

Another new venture in solar hydro is turmeric the medicinal spice. It’s a member of the ginger family and we’ll show you an easy way to be sure of getting a crop of this amazing plant.

Look out for updates from us both here on our blog and also our Facebook page. This year John  will be assisted int eh polytunnel by Roger. We look forward to producing our updates. Here’s to 2018, may the sun shine on us all.


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Southport Flower Show

We had a great time at Southport Flower Show this year.

The stand looked great, everyone was impressed by our tomatoes with many asking ‘Are they real?’ (they were). We made some new friends and met up with some old ones from last year, special thanks to the guys from North West Counties Allotment Society for all there support.

Here are just a few photos of the show we managed to snap when not talking to visitors.

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Perfect trusses

John may well have grown the perfect truss of tomatoes!

These have been grown in our Solar Hydro Quad Slim and I am sure you will agree the results are fantastic.
All our Solar Hydro planters work by keeping your plants perfectly watered whatever the weather. With capillary wicks for those dull over cast days when the plants don’t use much water, to Solar powered drippers to actively top feed your plants when the sun is shining and your plants need more water.
And in other news, Johns melons are coming along brilliantly. He is over the moon with the sheer quantity that have set so far this year, it is looking like we will all be having melon for breakfast all summer long.
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It’s time to plant the tomatoes.

After a few days delay on account of the recent cold snap I have got the tomatoes planted into the Solar Quadgrows.

All the plants are “Sakura” and it’s a great feeling getting the season underway. The plants have been well watered in and will be left a week or so to establish before the solar pump is connected up.

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Finally we are planting in the polytunnel

As you can see the dwarf French beans are planted into the solar quadgrow.

The seed germination was very poor but I’m very hopeful of an excellent crop. The variety is Opera which has a good reputation for taste. Note the pots in the centre of each square pot to enable easy planting of the tomatoes in  3 or 4 week’s time.