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AutoPot News - 2007

Gardeners World 2007

Adam Pasco, editor of Gardeners World magazine will also be writing an article in the May 2007 edition highlighting the easy2grow Kit growing cucumbers; he will also be using the aquaPots. Look out for this edition as there may well be AutoPot offers available.

 

Tuesday 9.00pm Channel 4. (2007)

Photo & Video Diaries - 2007

Through 2007, AutoPot continue with the Greenhouse Trials and Eden Project Trials, among other photo and video diaries.
Explore the 2007 Photo & Video Diaries by clicking here

Gordon Ramsey's; The "f" Word Programme

The f word programme with Gordon Ramsey has now started a new series. This year Gordon Ramsey will be raising lambs in his garden.  The AutoPot products are being used to grow meadow grass to feed the lambs in Gordon's garage. Look out for the programme showing the products.

Tuesday 9.00pm Channel 4. (2007)

AutoPot Greenhouse Competition Winner

We would like to congratulate Dorrit, from Cornwall for winning the AutoPot Greenhouse competition. Dorrit grew a wide range of vegetables including Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Capsicum, Chillies and Basil. All the plants were grown in the 2Pot Trays (AP204/SQ), the water & liquid feed was supplied from a Harcostar 700 litre water barrel, using 16mm pipe (hosepipe). The pipe was then reduced to 6mm using the 6mm-16mm cross connectors (PF945/X) and connected to each of the AQUAvalves. Dorrit has also written an explanation of what she did during the season. For more information please go to the News section to see “AutoPot Greenhouse competition winner 2007”.

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We would alo like to thank all the other entrants for their photos.
Don’t forget to look out for the 2008 AutoPot competition in the New Year.

Here is a snippet of a write-up from Dorrit explaining what she did for the greenhouse competition:

From Mrs Dorrit Smith
Best Greenhouse Competition.

AutoPots

I saw them at the Eden Project and knew instantly that they were going to solve the problems of creating a
self - watering green house. I had tried the timed “drip system” for two years in a row and the same problem occurred each year ….. A full grown tomato plant in “full swig” yes swig , needed far more water than the capsicums, aubergines, cucumbers, basil and herbs. You simply could not get enough adjustment to last the season. Some drowned and some dried … so the appeal of a flotation valve delivering just what a plant needed was too much for me. I decided to give it
a go. After seeing the early results I decided to kit out the whole greenhouse. It is only small …. 10 X 8 but with high rounded eaves and it always produces enough crop for me to make all the Ratatouille and Pesto I need for the year.
The difference this year was that the daily and sometimes twice daily chore of watering and checking was over!
All I had to do was tend and pick and top up the tank with water and liquid food.

I used a 700 litre Harcostar tank with the in line filter, filled and refilled with rain water and because the plants were being fed every day once the first truss was set I halved the quantity of feed. The results have been stunning.
I have never had such huge aubergines , there have been enough bell peppers to stuff, Greek style, and the basil and coriander burgeoned like never before. Cucumbers were fantastic and the tomatoes did not split. All this was because they were each getting what they needed from the system rather that what I guessed they needed ….. Perfect!
The growing medium was a half and half mix of my own garden soil and 2 year old compost made from our shredded hedge trimmings and pruning’s, none of which was sterilised. I added the correct amount of John Innes compound to
the mix to give them all the usual good start and did not start the feeding until the tomatoes had set one truss.
The plumbing was ordinary garden hose from the tank into the greenhouse with spurs off to each tray. I enclosed the main hose with lengths of plumber’s insulation foam to prevent the water getting scalding hot on delivery and also covered it with some upturned guttering to the same end.
It looked really neat and the most untidy thing about the greenhouse were the redundant watering cans!!
The whole thing has saved us hours of work this season. We have been able to go out in the evening without thinking that we have to water the greenhouse and we went away for two weeks in early May and three weeks in the summer, knowing that no-one would either over or under- water and that all neighbours had to do was to pick the produce …. They all like doing that!
Thank you Auto Pot. I hope that we shall have many years of use from this innovative and very successful system …
I’m hooked, and so are lots of my friends!

Here are the varieties grown:

  • Tomato Ailsa Craig
  • Aubergine. Black Beauty.
  • Capsicum Bell Boy
  • Capsicum Long Red Marconi rossa
  • Capsicum Hungarian Wax
  • Cucumber Cumlaud
  • Basil Lettuce Leaved
  • Coriander Cilantro

AutoPot Christmas Offers

Upon receiving this news letter and until the 19th December 2007 AutoPot is offering all new & existing customers 20% discount on all easy2grow orders placed through the on-line shop (See offers below). The easy2grow Kit and 2Pot Extension Kit will make lovely Christmas presents for both friends and family, each kit can be packaged in a plain brown box or the full colour boxes and will be delivered within 3 working days. Simply use the coupon number below and enter the code once you have decided on your order and wish to pay.

Example on savings:

1x easy2grow Kit (Ref: AP201/SQ) £36.99... with 20% discount… £29.59......a saving of £7.40.

1x easy2grow Kit +1 (Ref: AP201/SQ/1) £54.95... with 20% discount… £43.96……… a saving of £10.99.

1x easy2grow Kit +2 (Ref: AP201/SQ/2) £74.95... with 20% discount… £59.96……… a saving of £14.99.

1x 2Pot Extension Kit (Ref: AP204/SQ) £21.99... with 20% discount… £17.59……… a saving of £4.40.

There is no limit during this period on how many times you can take advantage of this great offer, so please feel free and take advantage of this fantastic offer. You can even tell friends or keen gardeners who you think would like an easy to use watering system for 2008. Don’t forget we can also deliver orders direct, so you can place an order for Christmas and have it sent direct to another address. Prices do not include P&P.