We wish to provide our customers with complete and sustainable growing systems. The system must be integrated in design with the polytunnel, for maximum efficiency and output. Our range of products reflects the result of working with leading growers, including our own, to develop innovative systems that meet their needs.
Table top strawberry substrate systems vary in gutter width, spacing, angle, bracketry, and appropriateness one day to robots (we are working with robot developers now). Substrate systems for strawberries and other crops can significantly increase labour productivity compared to growing in soil. Non-harvest costs are reduced as there is no need to move tunnels or irrigation, make beds or weed. Substrate systems facilitate quick re-planting, allowing growers to double crop, maximizing investment per ha. For example, growers can plant a first crop of strawberries in summer to harvest in late autumn and then overwinter the same plant to take a second crop in early spring the following year. Or can do two plantings in the same structure in a year.
Other benefits of adopting substrate systems include the ability to use polytunnels semi-permanently for easier tunnel management with planners and neighbours. Growing is less weather and soil dependent as crops are grown typically in coir, the natural by-product of coconut fibre, or peat. Substrate production enhances crop uniformity and controls and eliminates the need for tractor cultivations and soil sterilisation. Substrate gutters enable the grower to catch and recycle water and nutrients and contribute to a drier tunnel environment.
We grow organically as well; however, we are strong advocates of substrate systems for high value conventional crops. They require good long-sighted purchase decisions as are with you for many years. They also require grower management training, which in certain circumstances we can provide.
Our commonly bought substrate range is below. Contact us with your specific objectives and we will work hard with your team to achieve them.