West Sussex Nursery Stock Discussion Group has launched its autumn and winter programme with a discussion on the use of growing media within the nursery stock industry.
The discussion included contributions from Will George (Prenplants) and Charles Carr (Lowaters Nurseries) who described their experiences of moving from peat based growing media to now being peat–free, using Melcourt products.
The benefits they described included using lower levels of controlled released fertilisers, moss and liverwort reduction and in the case of Prenplants, improved turn-out.
John Summers, Fargro’s growing media advisor described how all European ‘potting soil’ is RHP accredited. This ensures that all additives are physically and chemically stable.
Also speaking were Bulrush south east area manager Michael Clarricoats who answered questions on peat harvesting techniques and the systems in place to limit the inclusion of weed seed within the peat harvest, and independent consultant Susie Holmes.