Peatland Ecology Research Group: Ecology, Restoration & Environmental Impact

In the last issue of the Sun Gro’er we reported on the little known “secret” concerning peat bog restoration under the direction of Dr. Line Rochefort. But the “rest of the story” is the work being conducted by the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) centered at the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada. This group… View Article Read more about Peatland Ecology Research Group: Ecology, Restoration & Environmental Impact »

Sunshine #4 Mix with Mycorrhizae from Sun Gro

Sun Gro has developed a new product for sale to the professional and hydroponics markets – Sunshine #4 Mix with Mycorrhizae. This mix is sold in 3.0 cubic foot compressed bales. The package is slightly smaller than the typical 3.8 cubic foot package, which seems to be more amenable to customers in the hydroponics market. The ingredients of the blend are the same ingredients as the standard,… View Article Read more about Sunshine #4 Mix with Mycorrhizae from Sun Gro »

Water Release Curves of Common Growing Media Ingredients

Water release curves are used by soil scientists to understand how soils or growing media “hold” and “give up” water. Growing media can hold and “release” water differently depending on the type and percentage of ingredients used in the mix. This information, taken together with E-values, can enhance our customers knowledge to make better judgments on what type of growing media will suit their particular operation. –Shiv Reddy Read More in… View Article Read more about Water Release Curves of Common Growing Media Ingredients »

Restoration of Peat Bogs – Canadian Ingenuity at its Best

Many horticulturists have little knowledge about the way that peat is harvested and even less about how peat bogs are restored after harvesting has ceased. For years the Canadian peat moss industry has supported and promoted the study of peat ecosystems and best-management procedures to restore a harvested peat bog back to a functioning peatland…. View Article Read more about Restoration of Peat Bogs – Canadian Ingenuity at its Best »

Sphagnum Peat and Root Diseases

Diseases are becoming increasingly important in the production of ornamental crops due to restrictions on not only the use of chemicals but also the movement of diseased plants across borders. Growers are always seeking safer practices for controlling plant diseases. In this context, I present information to help growers better understand biological properties of peat… View Article Read more about Sphagnum Peat and Root Diseases »

Biocontrol Products for Growing Media

Biological fungicides are a group of biocontrol products that have been used in the greenhouse industry for years. They have been increasing in use and popularity, not only because of their observed effectiveness in preventing disease, but also due to their less restrictive application and REI requirements. There is also a perceived desirable impact on the environment, or ‘greenness’ factor. This article investigates some of the more promising… View Article Read more about Biocontrol Products for Growing Media »