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2nd Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

Hands-on training

Hands-on training at the first training course held in Pune, India

Delish Veggies (India) and Graeme Smith Consulting (Aust) have promulgated a second Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management training course to be held in Pune, India, in late October.  This follows the success of their first training course held in Pune in early 2017. The program included practical farm tours and was attended by renowned international trainers from Australia, six international participants, and 35 participants from seven Indian states. Unfortunately, many participants were turned away due to limited seats. Therefore, owing to popular demand, a second course has been promulgated and will include many interesting topics and commercial farm set-up sessions. See More

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm Grower Day

Strawberry farm

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farms

The next Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) grower day and farm visit will be hosted by Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farms, 695 Boneo Road, Boneo, Victoria, on Wednesday 4 October 2017. This is an opportunity for HFF members and non-members to see and talk with other growers, wholesalers and trade at this premier industry growing facility. See More

Dedicated coordinator to manage TPP in Australia

The National Management Group (NMG) for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a transition to management phase to manage the ongoing impacts of TPP and risks of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) in Australia. See More

Earth Expo 2017

EARTH Expo 2017

EARTH Expo 2017

Renewable energy and hemp have many synergies. Not the least of which is that they’re both 100% natural and part of the journey to building a sustainable Tasmania.

Introducing: Earth Expo 2017! Australia’s first and Tasmania’s own huge three-day celebration of everything EARTH, it’s all in the name: Energy – Alternatives – Renewables – Tasmania – Hemp. Held at Launceston’s iconic Albert Hall, Earth Expo comprises two separate components – a one-day ‘Building Tasmanian Business Sustainably’ conference for industry (Fri Oct 27) and a 2-day Expo for the general public (Sat Oct 28 – Sun Oct 29). See More

What is ‘false drain’?

Higher ECs within the medium than in the runoff

I have been growing tomatoes in rockwool slabs for over three years. Recently, my plants have been looking stressed and I have had some blossom end rot.

Friends have suggested that it might be high EC in the slabs, but my run-off EC (electrical conductivity) is usually below 3 (mS/cm).

At their suggestion I recently bought a WET (Water, EC, Temperature) meter to measure properties within the slab. I now find that I am sometimes getting much higher EC readings within the slab than in the drain. Is this normal, and what should I do?

Answer by RICK DONNAN See More



Launceston, Tasmania, 27-29 October 2017

The first event of its kind anywhere in the world, EARTH Expo is Tasmania’s own huge three-day celebration of everything renewable energy, industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis. To be held at Launceston’s iconic Albert Hall and comprising of two separate components across three days – a conference and an expo – Earth Expo will feature a fully ratified hemp crop installation, over 40 exhibitors, workshops, speakers, displays, performances and much much more. See More

Priva Control Training Day

Priva training session

Powerplants Priva training session.

Powerplants Australia and Chisholm Institute of TAFE are conducting a one day intensive training session on Priva Climate Control. Under the expert guidance of Priva accredited trainer, Tony Bundock, the course will allow participants to explore the operation and basic parameters required for climate control in a commercial greenhouse environment.

This course is ideal for Priva end users who wish to upgrade their skills in the operation of Priva Integro, Compact and Connext systems. The day will be hands on, intensive and places are expected to fill fast! See More

Tours that taste like sunshine

diorama artwork

Artist Sean Rafferty with his diorama artwork, at the Tastes Like Sunshine exhibition

Brisbane Produce Market is playing host to two rare, behind-the-scenes public tours on 7 September and 26 October 2017, working in partnership with Museum of Brisbane (MoB). The visits are part of the Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) sponsorship of MoB’s Tastes Like Sunshine exhibition that explores the flavoursome side of Brisbane’s character and reveals its rich and evolving food story. See More


Hherb garden

Backyard hydroponic culinary herb garden.



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

2nd Greenhouse-Hydroponic Technical Management Course

Graeme Smith

Hydroponic consultant Graeme Smith, Graeme Smith

Following the success of their first Greenhouse-Hydroponic Technical Management course held in Pune, India, in February 2017, Delish Vegies and Graeme Smith Consulting have combined to convene a second training program – organisers had to decline many participants in the first course owing to limited seats. The second course will be held from 23-27 October and again include interesting topics and commercial farm set-up sessions. The course will be conducted by two expert Australian industry presenters, Graeme Smith and Rick Donnan who is a regular columnist with Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine. Also participating will be renowned agronomist from the Indian Horticulture Industry. See More