Peat is a major source of carbon sequestration. However, mining peat bogs is currently the primary source of the raw material used in containerised production.
Sustainable alternatives to peat exist but supplies are either expensive or not available in sufficient quantities. With environmental constraints increasing, we need to mix materials to create new, more sustainable products.
ADAS Horticulture have come up with a solution to remove peat from production process and rapidly accelerate the development of new, reliable, and high performing peat alternative growing media.
We are the only laboratory currently offering a growing media analysis and design service.
Our services include:
Extensive R&D has identified three key physical properties – available water (AW), bulk density (Db) and air-filled porosity (AFP) as indicators of growing media performance.
Sample preparation and processing follows the ADAS Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for responsibly-sourced growing media.
Experimental testing of new growing media blends:
At ADAS we host muti-option irrigation and nutrient delivery system. These can be modified to accommodate plant types from bedding through to young trees. Fine-tuning mixes to meet with target growing system type (e.g. drip, overhead sprinkler, subsurface irrigation, CRF / liquid feeding nutrition and so on will require live crop testing.
We can provide expert statistical design and analysis which will help you get the most from such tests.
We are experts at on-site large scale implementation of commercial trials and we will work closely with clients to best meet their needs.
We are open to new project work, industry workshop delivery or training to deploy our specialist growing media and crop system skills and knowledge.