Hydro Masta is also the manufacturer of Liquid Science the Australian made range of hydroponic nutrients and powder packs for bulk purchase. See Liquid Science for details, or you can see the individual products from the link in the top menu bar.
The Hydro Masta Multi Span Greenhouse has a footprint of 10 x 20m, with 3m doors at both ends for cross ventilation. It comes with non drip, non condensation 150 micron poly film allowing superior light transmission through to the crop via the greenhouse's reduced overhead structural shading.
For full details see the product page and for further information or quotes please email via the link at the top of this page.
Over the next few months, customer response and feedback will be gained and collated as Hydro Masta Pty Ltd works with the "Fresh Food People" to really keep it fresh!
Our "Farm in a Box" is a twenty foot container with everything needed to construct 24x8x5m NFT benches, 11,500 plant sites, and producing 2,000 plants per week on continous rotation.
Here's what happened from late November 2016 to early March 2017... (with thanks to George for the "eye in the sky"!)
So here we are, just into March 2017 and the first crop ready to harvest...
Planting out the first benches in late January 2017...
But here's how it all began...
Here are some still pics...
UPDATE: Bashir has just sent this today, 10th Jan 2017, and the propagation is going well, soon be ready to plant out the first benches!
A few days of delay getting our container through customs, so we got things marked out and preparations made, and then waited...
It finally arrived, our farm in a box was lifted up 3m onto the court, and there it was...
And then the work really began! First, laying out the stands...
Early Saturday morning, and all the bench stands are secured, posts in place on perimeter and cable up ready to lift the shade cloth...
By late Saturday morning we had the shade cloth lifted...
A week later, and the team have painted the walkway...
And then it started to come together...
The outside benches...
In Feb 2016 Hydro Masta built and installed a hydroponic farm for Hurlstone Agricultural High School. The above picture was taken just one week after the benches were planted with small lettuce seedlings and they have all established good healthy root systems and are growing vigourously.
Here's what they looked like just 7 days before the above photo:
And here below is what the crop looks like after 5 weeks...
Instead of traditional HID lighting (High Intenstiy Discharge), which produces a strong white light suitable for plants, Hydro Masta is installing modern LED lights (Light Emitting Diodes). These are specially selected LEDs in the blue and red spectrum which plants use to photosynthesise and unlike HID lamps, do not produce much waste heat. The increase in efficiency of these lights is well worth the higher cost, as LED lamps have a fully rated lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Here we are using the LEDmasta 600 units, which have a total of 32 individual 3 Watt LEDs. This unit effectively replaces a 600 Watt HID lamp, runs more cheaply and does not produce any unused light frequencies for plant growth.
Four metres long and four levels high, a total of 256 plants are fed with a fully automated hydroponic dosing system. Lighting is provided by special LED grow light strips with both blue and red frequency lights plus natural white ones for a more 'natural' appearance during business hours. Staff can pick herbs fresh from the wall.
The photo above was taken as we first planted out the front section in a staggered cropping, and in a few short weeks the entire system will be big and lush!
Some city stores need some plants too...here's two more:
The first stage is a 24 bench NFT system, initially for lettuce, with a capacity of 4,000 plants. Later expansions will see a wide variety of salad greens and herbs grown on their site in Port Moresby, picked and packed fresh for daily distribution to their stores.
Hydro Masta's designs begin with a range of Mini-Farms for school, home hydroponics, hobby farmers, and progress up to full acreage NFT systems.The full Mini Farm (pdf) brochure is available here, and whether you have a balcony, a small yard, or a hobby farm, there is a Mini Farm to suit you.
An updated quote for commercial installations can be supplied on request. Please give crop specifications and site requirements.
The Hydro Masta online Library is a resource for the education and training of the hydroponic growers of tomorrow.
Using the links above, growers of hydroponic herbs, strawberries, vegetables or flowers can find useful information on techniques such as NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) and flood and drain, and all aspects of environment control from airflow and carbon dioxide enhancement through to optimal tank operation.
Check out Trev's home hydroponic garden, to see what can be produced in a small area:
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