Hydroponics

We are currently making progress on setting up a hydroponics* system on a trial basis. Hydroponics involves growing vegetables in water, rather than in the earth. Chemicals and nutrients are then carefully added to the water supply. We are confident that within the near furture most of our 8 acres of glasshouses will be converted into hydroponics to provide vegetables for our customers who prefer all year round UK grown crops rather than sourcing from surrounding European countries.

Potential Advantages:


Increase annual productivity by more than 20%

Improve crop quality

Save on water usage

Reduce pesticide input

And also create a more comfortable working environment for harvesting since employees will be able work with the vegetables at bench height
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In the nursery close to the main office, there is a site called "Hydroponics system" - a growing technique that uses water rather than the earth. The seedlings are placed on floating re-usable polystyrene foam and sit in what is like a large water bath (with added nutrients), allowing the plants to absorb them easily. This system has great advantages for the business from increasing productivity, water saving, reducing pesticide use and more importantly as the vegetables are grown at waist height on benches, a much more comforting experience for the workers during harvesting.


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Hydroponics
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For further information please email david@rokewood.co.uk or ring us on (+44) 1945 583 0335.