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Intensive Production

Friday, December 16th, 2016

There is increasing interest in the possibilities of producing crops in unusual spaces, such as on top of buildings, underground and in warehouse facilities. May Barn Consultancy is actively involved in researching and providing information on growing intensive crops using hydroponics and lighting techniques. For further information please contacts us on 07970 997039.

New Crops – Preparation for Planting

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Whether you are preparing your production areas ready for planting in soil, substrates or hydroponics, it is important to be able to control plant nutrition in order to achieve your product quality and yield targets. Ensure that your crops establish well by understanding the nutritional aspects of the water you are using to irrigate, the Read More

UK Tomato Working Party – Visit to R&L Holt

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The UK Tomato Working Party held a very successful visit at R&L Holt in November, and we have also just completed the AGM at Plant Raisers Ltd. in early December. Rick Holt is producing ‘Elegance’ and ‘Piccolo’ using a combination of sodium toplights and LED interlights at Sandylands Nurseries (see photograph). 60-day plants were used Read More


Friday, December 16th, 2016

May Barn Consultancy has recently been working with a crop producer in the Falkland Islands. Stanley Growers Ltd is producing long season salad crops in nutrient film technique (NFT). Nutrient samples have already been analysed and fertiliser recommendations discussed. Distance is no object!

Many crops, including tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, raspberries and ornamental flowers are often grown using hydroponics, where fertiliser for the growing plants is supplied in the irrigation water. Hydroponic farming produces excellent quality crops with good efficiency but there is an opportunity to improve the method by continuously monitoring and controlling the fertiliser components in Read More

Vertical growing space may be utilised more efficiently by the installation of intensive hydroponic systems. One such example is afforded by Saturn Bioponics (see photographs).  The images show recently planted pak choi plugs growing in rockwool in the Saturn Grower system. Hydroponic solution is introduced at the top of the columns and moves downwards, through Read More

New Seasons Tomatoes

Friday, April 29th, 2016

For January planted tomato crops, the time around first harvest, and also side-shoots coming into pick, is an important period to check the balance between major nutrients in hydroponic systems. Even more important is the plant demand for nutrients, such as potassium, during period of high fruit loading.  This may lead to imbalances between potassium Read More

Held at Rothamsted Research Conference Centre – 16th March 2016 Dr Paul Challinor, May Barn Consultancy, was delighted to be invited to speak at the Phytolux Seminar in March. Dr Challinor said “Future LED systems should be capable of supplying the light that the plants actually need.  This will involve advances in the ability to Read More

UK Tomato Working Party Visit to R&L Holt

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The UK Tomato Working Party visited R&L Holt on 10th November 2015. Following the in-depth morning meeting and data discussion, the group members were able to see the over wintering crops growing under the hybrid lighting system at Sandylands Nurseries. The combination of overhead high pressure sodium lights and two lines of LED interlights were Read More

Recording and understanding the pH, EC and available nutrient concentration of soils, hydroponic substrates and liquid feeds is extremely valuable in horticulture. Regular analysis of samples provides vital information,which is essential to achieve optimum crop nutrition and to help steer growth and development in your crops. Understanding the nutritional balance will help to improve plant Read More