Mid January sees our streets littered with the sad skeletons of Christmas trees amid drifts of shed pine needles. So we are pleased our living Nordmann Fir in an Air-Pot has survived another year and seems none the worse for three weeks indoors.
This tree has become an old friend as it has joined us for the festivities five times now, it is placed in a bright window away from radiators, kept well watered and gives us lovely bright greenery and the scent of the forest without the slightly depressing needle drop and decline of a cut tree. As it is now probably slightly constrained by the pot it does not put on a lot of growth each year, but remains healthy looking. It can still be carried easily in it’s 38 litre Air-Pot so should be good for another year. Two adult daughters have now followed this family tradition by getting their own potted trees. Both are small trees in 25cm (10″) pots which will benefit from potting-on in Spring and will fit nicely in the 20 litre Air-Pot containers which are 30cm in diameter. Apparently I am expected to look after their trees until December! I wonder if this could this be a business opportunity, an individual Christmas Tree tending service similar to a caravan park?
Chrysanthemums in an unheated greenhouse have been providing lots of cheerful white pompom-like blooms for weeks. A really uplifting cut flower around the house at this time of year and a good use of Air-Pot containers and greenhouse space when not needed for much else.
The carrots sown in late Summer are now quite a good size, no longer babies, juveniles perhaps, and there are plenty more left in the big Air-Pot container to continue growing. Carrots are proving to be a successful year-round crop which grow well in a container even outdoors, being raised up they seem untroubled by Carrot Root Fly.
A small twig cut from an outstandingly good local fig tree has rooted well in a small 1 litre propagation Air-Pot. It has retained its leaves long after other varieties of fig trees nearby lost theirs, hopefully this bodes well and it will be a strong grower, the parent tree produced the most delicious figs even here in Scotland.
The chillies continue to crop even as the next season’s plants are being sown. These Aji Amarillo need a long season but they are so big and thick fleshed I do not mind waiting. A purée of Aji Amarillo is lovely cooked on salmon in a foil parcel. A succession of sowing of early then later maturing chillies seems to work well as a strategy to extend the picking period, also worthwhile with tomatoes.