Introduction to Media Growing
Advantages and disadvantages of NFT and bag systems.
Commercial use of Soilless Culture for Tomatoes in New Zealand
History of Soilless Culture
Practical Aspects of changing to Soilless Culture
Technical Comparisons S
Nutrient Discharge to the Environment
Change in relation to research and technical support
ConclusionsSection Two -A
The Planter Bag Run to Waste System
Row directions and planting layouts
Assembly and use of microtube irrigation schemes
Cutting microtubes to length
Inserting microtubes into the lateral pipes
Fit a pressure indicator
Flush out before use
Using microtube trickle systems
Section Two -B
Disease risk in closed runoff recycling systems
Runoff collection system
Simple closed system
Simple system with automatic pH and conductivity control
System with fertiliser mixing pumps
Closed systems with runoff solution disinfection
Propagating Plants Suitable for a Media system
Pots to use
A General Purpose Potting MixSection Four
Clean Water Supplies for Hydroponics
Treatment of Raw Water
UV or Ozone possible set up
Precautions & Discussion Section Five
Making Stock Solutions
The acid solution
Weighing and checking procedures.
Fertiliser quality for hydroponic solutions
Dissolving the fertilisers
Making the acid solution
The caustic potash solutionSection Six
Procedure prior to planting
Greenhouse Clean and Trickle irrigation clean and check.
Preparation for planting.Section Seven
Immediate Post Planting Care...
Automatic watering using a solarimeter.
Daily System Checks
IPM ChecksSection Nine
Media Sampling Routine to Measure CFSection Ten
Root Diseases in Hydroponic systems
The nature of the diseases.
Sources of infection in NFT systems
Effects of fungicides on Pythium and Phytophthora
Other control methodsSection Eleven
Nutrient Levels and behaviour in a system.
Discussion and Conclusions concerning Soilless Culture