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Mammoth P

Stephen Brookes @ 2017-09-22 13:03:50 +0100

 The only product we’ve been asked for before it’s even in the UK! Organically derived microbial inoculant that allows the plant to uptake much more Phosphorus. Think of it as having to eat a roast dinner, how much time and effort does it take to cut, chew and digest your food… That’s your current phosphorus uptake (if you’re an organic grower, you have to cook the roast dinner first as well). With Mammoth P, the microbes are the metaphorical ‘blenders’ in the kitchen, throw in the roast dinner, blend it up and see how much easier it is to take...

Humidity - Part 2

Stephen Brookes @ 2015-05-06 18:44:45 +0100

Humidity… Don’t sweat it! What is humidity? You know those really hot days, when no matter what we do we just can’t cool ourselves down… that’s mainly due to high humidity! When the air around us is saturated with water vapour, we cannot cool ourselves, as the sweat from our skin can’t evaporate. Then we have the really hot days that we could just lay in the sun all day but stay relatively cool… That’s due to low humidity! The air is quite dry and allows any perspiration to evaporate off of our skin and keep us cool. However, extremely...

Electrical Conductivity

Stephen Brookes @ 2015-05-14 11:54:34 +0100

How do you feed your plants? Do you use an EC meter? Do you give them an occasional flush with water? Do you top or bottom feed? Firstly, we should all be using an EC pen to measure the amount of fertilizer in our water, an EC pen or truncheon (EC stands for Electrical conductivity) will measure the amount of salts in the water which you add as fertilizer (Fertilizers are salts). The more fertilizer you add, the greater the EC. Now think of your plant as a very quickly growing person, when it's young it doesn't want a lot...

Urban growing

Stephen Brookes @ 2014-06-18 10:42:37 +0100

As the world’s population numbers continue to rise, scientists and engineers face a huge challenge—developing new agricultural solutions. Professor Dickson Despommier thinks the answer is literally in the sky and has developed the Vertical Farm, i.e. high-rise agricultural structures to feed urban areas. Based on Despommier’s ideas, the design group Aprilli has created the Urban Skyfarm concept, which is planned to be built in downtown Seoul.   Korea’s capital city runs along the Cheonggyechon stream, meaning it has a steady supply of water that can be used to water the tree-like structure. Each of its components—root, trunk, branch and leaves—has its own...