Far Flung AutoPots
How far can you fling an AutoPot? We’re not suggesting that you try but if you did do you think you’d reach Uruguay? And what would you grow in it when it got there? Well you wouldn’t be the first to try cultivating watercress in “the land of the bird river”. Madelon Oddo recently sent us some intriguing snaps of the first AutoPot watercress growth trials taking place on her farm. It’s always great to see the systems out ‘in the field’ and so much the better with the people behind them. Here Madelon is pictured with Mr Pereira who has been working at the farm for 51 years! He was farming before man walked on the moon!
According to Madelon they have created several different layouts on the farm. These layouts include combining AutoPot CocoMat with an AQUAvalve for incredibly low maintenance watering. Madelon has also experimented with merely placing the watercress in a tray and tethering it to plastic supports. This takes advantage of the watercress’ natural hydroponic qualities. She explains that it should theoretically be possible to grow in this way without substrates and is impressed with how new roots have developed and how the leaves have grown. If you ask me its high time we sent a foreign correspondent down there to see for ourselves quick march, chop-chop!