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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. 


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


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.


Learning curve


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.


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.


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.


Top End Greening

Nearby Katherine is Nitmiluk National Park

Nearby Katherine is Nitmiluk National Park, which embraces the dramatic Katherine Gorge and its many ancient rock paintings.

In the centre of Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory, a hydroponic greenhouse has started growing green leafy vegetables and herbs.

By Christine Brown-Paul

Lying 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin, just below the “Top End”, Katherine is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. The township began as an outpost established with the Australian Overland Telegraph Line on the North-South transport route between Darwin and Adelaide. See More

Innovative coir system

Galuku Easyfil planterbags

Galuku Easyfil planterbags

Sydney-based coir supplier, Galuku, has created a substrate production system made of organic coconut fibre that has already proven successful for major berry growers such as Driscolls. When blueberries are grown in soil, an average fruit yield of 0.5kg is good for the first year of production. With Galuku’s Australian patented Easyfil Planterbags, Driscolls has experienced first year average yields as high as 3kg per plant. See More

Hydroponic Sorghum


Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor).

The list of crops which can be grown hydroponically is endless. Theoretically, any plant that can be grown in soil can also be grown in a soilless system. Most hobbyists and commercial growers tend to focus on practical or high-value crops that are strongly suited to hydroponics. There are of course some unconventional crops, which can also be profitably grown in a soilless set-up, however impractical they may be. While these crops might not be ideally suited to hydroponics, the applications are sometimes worth pursuing.