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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. by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Photography by Sam Ross – Additional photos courtesy Martech Plumbing
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All bottled up

Each child has their own space in the garden, designs their own planting schemes and then plants their chosen vegetables.

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
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Managing stress and depression

Stress and depression

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...
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Top End Greening

Hydroponic garlic seedlings

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...
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Innovative coir system

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...
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Hydroponic Sorghum


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,...
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Back to Eden


In South Africa, one company has taken hydroponics to a new level. Its groundbreaking new vertical hydroponic system – Hydroclimaponics – facilitates control of the micro-environment of each individual plant’s carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity to deliver enhanced productivity. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL
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Truss tomato yields . . . limited by shoot density

Truss tomatoes

Download Truss-tomato-yield-calculator-from-shoot-density Growers of truss tomatoes often overlook the fact that yields are limited by shoot density. Plant density has become somewhat irrelevant now that so many growers are using grafted plants with two shoots being taken from the cotyledons. Shoot density is a more useful term that can be used to describe both...
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‘A slow death by poison’: Are neonicotinoids at the root of the honey bee crisis?

Varroa destructor

A growing body of research, outlined in a new review in Bee World, attests to a link between neonicotinoids – the leading agricultural insecticides worldwide – and the global collapse of honey bee colonies, say authors Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Nicolas Desneux.
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Growers donate excess veggies to Foodbank

Foodbank Australia

Peak industry body AUSVEG is encouraging Australia’s vegetable growers to donate excess produce to hunger relief organisation Foodbank Australia, in a bid to help families in need and avoid wastage.
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