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Organic vs Mineral feeds

Organic vs Mineral feeds

If everyone switched to organic farming, we couldn’t support the earth's current population - maybe half.”
Nina Fedoroff

Nano Technology by NANO Hydroponics

Nano Technology by NANO Hydroponics

NANO Technology

A 'New Age Nutrient Order'?

There has been a lot of research on nano particles over the last 16 years, but only recently (2008) has there been research on nano particles and the influence on plants, something we will refer to as Phytonanotechnology. Questions such as the following will be looked at;

 

What benefits will phytonanotechnology have?

Will there be negative associations such as bioaccumulation?

What impact will phytonanotechnology have on the environment?

What is the future for phytonanotechnology?...


The UK Food Policy and Hydroponics

The UK Food Policy and Hydroponics

UK Food policy Part II

One of a countries most fundamental responsibilities is to protect its citizens from going hungry. Most of you reading this have grown up with the assumption that if you ever fall on hard times their is a safety net to protect you from complete destitution and hunger. For a lot of people in the UK, that safety net has massive holes in it and they are slipping through. These people, usually on low incomes have made sacrifices, bought cheaper and cheaper food, and even buying less of the cheap food until families are living...


What is… Silicon?

What is… Silicon?

What is… Silicon?

The biochemistry of Silicon in planta is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” (Epstein, 2001).

Silicon is still today not as well understood as many of the other elements that we commonly use in our plant feeding regimes, it’s probably not used as widely as other additives and yet it is (in my opinion) one of the most important tools in a grower’s arsenal. I say this because of what it can do for your plants throughout all stages of growth and reproduction, which varies from helping the plant to support itself through stronger...


Humidity - Part 2

Humidity - Part 2

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...