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CREATING A HYDROPONIC CULINARY HERB GARDEN

Hherb garden

Backyard hydroponic culinary herb garden.

IN FAIR PLAY, MISSOURI USA, THE INSTITUTE OF SIMPLIFIED HYDROPONICS HAS DESIGNED AND BUILT A HYDROPONIC CULINARY HERB GARDEN AT ITS TINY HOUSE PROJECT.

By PEGGY BRADLEY

As dawn breaks, young sprigs of peppermint are selected for morning tea. At lunch, basil is selected for a pesto sauce. During the day, fresh rosemary is added to bread, and a teaspoon of tarragon is harvested for a supper dish. In the evening, sage leaves are brewed for a bedtime tea to aid in a good night’s sleep. See More

Caribbean Fresh

Emperor-Nautilus

Emperor-Nautilus

On the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla, one luxury resort uses freshly supplied produce grown in its own pesticide-free, hydroponic farm.

By Christine Brown-Paul

A British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Its beaches range from long sandy stretches like Rendezvous Bay, overlooking neighbouring Saint Martin island, to secluded coves reached by boat, such as at Little Bay. Protected areas include Big Spring Cave, known for its prehistoric petroglyphs, and East End Pond, a wildlife conservation site. See More

The Final Word

Hydroponic leek

Leeks growing hydroponically.

Dr Mike Nichols looks at how huge savings in water and fertiliser might be achieved by growing hydroponically in New Zealand. 

“Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”

Ode to the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge Taylor See More

Avoiding basic mistakes

Poor management

Photo 1: Poor management and low commitment of all parties involved led to the deterioration of infrastucture.

International hydroponics consultant Professor Gert Venter D. Eng; M. Eng (Agric) CUM LAUDE looks at some case studies, which illustrate why some greenhouse businesses in South Africa thrive while others fail. South Africa’s relatively young greenhouse industry is characterised by some spectacular successes but there are just too many projects that become total failures very soon after kick-off. See More

SULPHUR: deficiency & toxicity

Sulphur deficiency in tomato leaves

In tomatoes, chlorosis starts from the younger leaves and proceeds to the older leaves with ongoing deficiency. Leaves are uniformly light green or yellow. (Image Yara)

Plant deficiencies or excesses of mineral elements show in a number of ways: in colour, density, size and shape of leaves; in the thickness and colour of stems and the length of internodes; in the colour, fibrousness and thickness of roots; in the abundance and timing of flowers; and in the size, colour, hardness and flavour of fruit. Recognising those particular effects is the key to diagnosing nutritional disorders. 

By STEVEN CARRUTHERS See More

Let the sun shine in

Energy harvesting glass

The energy harvesting glass has been trialled as a self-sustainable bus shelter in Melbourne.

A world-first invention in clear, energy harvesting glass has been developed by western Australian scientists. It is expected that if it used in greenhouses it could produce crops in any climate or season. Greenhouses powered by nanotechnology developed in WA could turn the driest of deserts into productive agricultural land thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Government’s  Cooperative Research Centre. See More

TOWARDS 2020: GREENING OUR CITIES

Banksia 202020 Vision

Central Park greening construction

A collaborative project that is working to make Australia’s urban areas 20 per cent greener has just taken out a prestigious award for its sustainability initiatives.

By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL See More

Learning curve

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At the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University in NSW, construction is nearing completion on the new world-class Greenhouse Research Education and Training Facility.

by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL

Photography by Sam Ross – Additional photos courtesy Martech Plumbing See More

All bottled up

Bottle greenhouse

Made from around 6,000 plastic
bottles, the greenhouse is Youngtown
Primary’s latest addition to a thriving
outdoor classroom.

In primary schools in Tasmania and the UK, recycled bottle greenhouses are helping students learn lessons about sustainability and how to grow fruit and vegetables.

B CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL See More

Managing stress and depression

Stress and depression

There were 2844 deaths in Australia due to suicide in 2014.

The hydroponic and greenhouse environment can be a stressful workplace; the pressure to produce a quality product consistently, providing good customer service, dealing with complaints, working to tight timelines, financial worries, climate and rural isolation, can all impact on grower and worker wellbeing. This article looks at stress, depression and suicide in the Australian farming community.

By STEVEN CARRUTHERS See More

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