Curiously, the mice were not at all interested in the neighbouring Borlotti bean plants growing in the Root Trainers. Many of my young Borlotti's, sown direct last year, had brutally succumbed to mice damage. Peculiar, therefore that no attempt was made on them whilst openly available, without covers, but simply in their plastic Root Trainer casings. I wonder if the manufacturer of Root Trainers has anticipated this additional advantage to using their product?
|Loo Roll Inner Germinated Broad Beans - 17th of April 2011|
As for the result of my non-scientific trial? Very positive indeed. The beans had wonderful root growth. Not as netted as one would expect from Root Trainer grown specimens, but long, dense, healthy roots, many of which penetrating the loo rolls. As many have reported, it was somewhat tedious to remove the covers, so to limit disturbing the roots, many went in, roll and all.
No creepy mushroom growth to be reported, and the plants themselves (at least those not ravaged by mice), all very strong and healthy.
The personal conclusion therefore, loo roll inners are certainly a viable alternative to Root Trainers. We will therefore undoubtedly be using them again, naturally depending on the continued charity of obliging family members. For next time though, extra caution and care is required to protect them from mice, which seem to find pillaging loo roll inner grown specimens easier, than their counterparts grown in the tidy Root Trainer casings.
|Progress Kitchen Garden - 17th of April 2011|