Sunshine Seedling Services produces a wide variety of vegetable seedlings, which are grown to order.
Ian Sumner, nursery manager, ensures that plant pathologists pay regular visits to the nursery to monitor plants, disease and health status. All these factors and extra precaution enable Sunshine Seedlings to boast of superior quality seedlings being produced.
Farming has become increasingly difficult over the years with the input cost increases. Many have counteracted this with going the biological route of farming methods. Biological farming reduces a farmers reliance on ploughing the land too much as the tilth is automatically better and also decreases the large amounts of inorganic fertilizers farmers tend to use. This is certainly one means to alleviate the ever-increasing cost of production and all vegetable farmers are advised to investigate biological farming.
We at Sunshine Seedlings have been gearing more towards the biological route of producing seedlings. We are adding biologicals to our medium, applying trichoderma at planting and drenching with compost tea every 2 weeks. This has come at a cost but has significantly reduced our reliance on chemical sprays. The net result is a healthier, better quality seedling for you, our valued customer.
The seedling plug should be rich in good bugs, ready to multiply out in the soil when planted. With the high input costs, all vegetable farmers should be particularly vigilant in keeping costs down.
Our advice is:
- Always take soil samples and only apply what is required.
- Ensure seedlings stands are close to 100%, blanking may be necessary
- Only irrigate what the plant requires. Over irrigation costs extra money and leeches out nutrients.
- Improve yield and quality by doing trials with new varieties.
- Farm smarter and plan better