Earth Substrates And Growing Media

Earth Substrates And Growing Media

When buying media for your grow room you should first decide what you want in your end product?  Is it quality medical high end organic soil grown produce which has an amazing taste and smell or do you use choose a soilless hydroponic method of cultivation that can achieve higher yielding crops with good flavour and mature quicker.  Which ever way you decide to grow we stock a wide range of media to suit all your growing requirements and budget.

Hydroponic substrates are amazing for total control of nutrient application, water and air retention which enables quicker, larger yielding crops.  Basically you become a hydroponic cultivator when you use a media other than soil to grow in.  Many people don’t realise that when they use a substrate such as Coco Coir (Washed & Processed Coconut Husk) and water by hand that they are actually a hydroponic grower!

Many growers opt for hydroponics substrates for speed and quantity but using soil can improve flavour and also acts as a buffer against over feeding and under watering unlike hydroponic media which will reflect what you input into the feeding program.  Soil is also excellent for holding minerals and beneficial bacteria and fungi such as Trichoderma Mycroselium and Endo Mycorrhizal Fungi.  Mother Nature has come up with a living recycling nutrient making machine in the form of fungi and mushrooms!  Like industrial cleaners they eat all the dead vegetation that falls from trees and plants each year (Mycelium has also been known to consume oil slicks on the sea) wich would pile as high as skyscrapers if left unchecked.  Once the vegetation has passed thru the body of the mycelium it opens up a wealth of minerals to the plants that share the same root network in the ground.  It’s a symbiotic relationship where the plants receive minerals and water from the Fungi and the Fungi receive carbohydrates in the way of sugars from the plant.  This relationship is well known to exist between Oak/Hazelnut Trees and Truffle Mycelium. 

This mass of roots from the common mushrooms & toadstools  we can see everywhere in the countryside under leaves and piles of vegetation in the form of white thread-like hyphae.  These Mycelium are like roots and can stretch out for 1000’s of kilometers assimilating all nutrients, water and dead material  in front of them and then channel that back to the central fruiting body ie: the Mushroom, the fruit of the Mycelium!  The largest recorded Mycelium network  (specifically the Honey Fungus from the Armillaria species of Fungi), ever documented was found in Oregon in Texas in the USA.  This web of thread-like hyphae covered just short of 2500-acres [that’s equivalent to 1665 football fields in size!] in eastern Oregon and had a contiguous growth of mycelium before logging roads were cut through it and estimated at over 2200 years old!  Mushroom-forming forest fungi are unique in that their mycelial mats can achieve such massive proportions that help plant water, feed and even protect themselves from other harmful microorganisms.

 

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