nursery potting Articles

  • STA0013: Research into increasing the use of recycled materials in the production of growing media

    Untitled Document This report records a trial on four pot bedding plant subjects at Golden Acres Nursery carried out in spring 2003. The ...

  • Evaluation of composted green waste in ornamental container-grown plants: effects on growth and plant water relations

    Ornamental nurseries extensively utilize peat in commercial soilless potting media, but its use as an organic amendment with a superior water holding capacity is challenged by economic and environmental pressures so potential alternatives to peat need to be investigated. In our experiment, commercially available peat-based soilless mixes were amended with increasing composted green waste (CGW) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Replacement of a peat-lite medium with municipal solid waste compost for growing melon ( Cucumis melo L.) Transplant seedlings

    The production of high quality seedlings for transplant involves several cultural inputs, of which potting-substrate quality stands out as perhaps the most important. The suitability of compost derived from municipal solid waste (MSWC) as a horticultural potting-substrate was compared with the popular sphagnum peat. Five media prepared from black peat (BP), white peat (WP), perlite and MSWC were ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Label policies, marketing strategies and technical developements of compost market in the European countries

    Traditionally the use of soil improvers in agriculture is aimed at the restoration of the organic substance removed from the agro-ecosystem by crops. The addition of humus, as replacement for the portion gradually mineralised by the micro-organisms of the soil, leads to the conservation of its fertility under many point of view: physical (e.g. porosity, drainage, aeration), chemical (availability ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Bell Brothers – showcasing nutrient use efficiency - Case Study

    Glasshouse growing conditions are ideal for using natural biostimulants to increase the efficiency of fertiliser programmes. Neil Chambers, Technical Manager at Bell Brother Nurseries Ltd, has been talking to us about his use of seaweed extract Stimplex to help minimise growing times, produce healthier, more resilient plants and reduce chemical inputs. Increasing ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • Organics in Action : Sustainable Practices Thrive In A National Park

    The Presidio is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the national park system. As an urban park on the northern edge of San Francisco, there are many challenges to be met in the quest to be a model of sustainability. An innovative composting program is becoming one way to help meet the park’s goals. Nearing the close of its second year, this program is well on its ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • CoirGreen™ Growbags combine the benefits of coir and growbags

    The global gardening culture is changing. In the days gone by, people had to till the soil, get dirty and possibly sweat after a ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Using Compost To Control Plant Diseases

    Losses due to soilborne diseases on some greenhouse, nursery and vegetable crops can amount to thousands of dollars per acre annually. Until the 1930s, organic amendments — consisting of animal and green manures, coupled with crop rotation — were principal methods of control. But these approaches were largely abandoned for reasons of cost and inconvenience after commercial fertilizers and the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Expanding Markets with Bagged Products

    Untitled Document When evaluating a move into bagging compost, mulch and blends, production volumes, distribution markets, automation and diversity of bag sizes all need to be ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 12 sustainable days of Christmas

    At PE INTERNATIONAL we pride ourselves on our in-depth, scientifically accurate and peer-reviewed assessments and sustainability is in our DNA. So it only seemed natural to tap into our employees’ collective wisdom for tips on how to have a more sustainable holiday season. Here are our 12 Sustainable Days of Christmas, Enjoy! 1. You really know the holiday season has started when you ...


    By thinkstep

  • Ten steps to sell more product now

    In today’s economy, buyers are being far more selective about the purchases they are making. Consumers are looking for bargains and shopper-savvy, buying opportunities. And in all candor, the best time to exploit a good purchasing deal is when inventory is backing up, operating budgets have been cut to the bone and the trade balance leans heavily in favor of the demand side of the scale versus ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Operators Forum: How To Succeed In Bagging While Really Trying

     How To Succeed In Bagging While Really Trying Your compost and mulch are producing great results, your customer base is growing, and you’ve decided to take the next step and put some of your profits into a bagging operation. Not so fast! Yes, if done right and marketed well, bagged products can spread your company’s name far and wide. They can provide another revenue stream and point ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Pragmatic farm composters forge new path to resource recovery

    AG CHOICE is an on-farm composting operation located in the scenic countryside of Andover, New Jersey. On the drive to tour their site, it was astounding just how much of New Jersey, our most densely populated state, is still rural. Jay and Jill Fischer operate the two-year-old facility, which is one of a kind in New Jersey. Jay also owns and operates a sawmill in the area, and it was while ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost science journal of advocacy and foresight

    SEVERAL months ago, I started on a journey through the pages of Compost Science, beginning with the Spring, 1960 inaugural issue. I was confident that I could whip through the articles and news items in the several hundred issues of the magazine between 1960 and 2009, and be prepared to write this article for BioCycle’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition. Granted, there were interruptions, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting Advances in Oregon and Washington

    Over the years, different forces have served as drivers to help grow the composting industry. For example, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was the perceived landfill crisis that led to state bans on disposal of yard trimmings. Composting also has benefitted from a push to meet recycling goals, which has prompted states and local governments to go beyond yard trimmings and into such ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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