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Hortiviv – Enriched substrates of the future

Hortiviv – Enriched substrates of the future
Innovation

In the past few years there has been a large development for the selection of beneficial organism capable of enforcing plant growth. Through creating natural symbiosis with plant roots, several of these organisms have shown to improve the resilience of plants. Greenyard Horticulture developed an innovative technology to bring these benevolent microorganisms to life, so they have a direct action at the plant roots.

Hortiviv® is a substrate inoculated with fungi, directly settled in the substrate in their living form. For two consecutive years, the University of Ghent and ILVO (Flemish institute for agriculture) used this inoculated substrate to conduct experiments during strawberry cultivation. These experiments showed that strawberries grown on the inoculated Hortiviv® substrate are more resistant to decay and improving thus significantly the shelf-life.

In addition, Hortiviv® can also be used for root sensitive tree cultivations, where it also has the ability to stimulate the plant growth and root vigor. Hortiviv® is allowed on the Belgian market for use in substrates (Derogation EM736.E).

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Green roof substrates

Green roof substrates

Modern cities are becoming greener – literally. Green spaces in the city not only look attractive, they also bring numerous advantages for people and the environment. Greenyard Horticulture is an important partner for everyone in search of sustainable and low-maintenance green provisions.

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Grow Bags

Grow Bags

Grow Bags for tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, sweet peppers, aubergines, …

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Soil covers

Soil covers

Decorative barks (Pinus Maritima, Sylvester, Epicea, …)

Straws (Miscanthus, Hemp, Flax, ...)

Woodchips (Natural, Red, Brown, Grey, ...)

Clay pebbles

Slate stone

Cacao shells

Coco mulch

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Soil improvers

Soil improvers

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Peat

Peat

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Growing media

Growing media

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Compost

Compost

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Substrates

Substrates

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Potting soils

Potting soils

Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greenery.

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Closing the loop – Using residues in growing media

Closing the loop – Using residues in growing media

Greenyard Horticulture is an important partner in the European Horti-BlueC research project. The project will investigate the upcycling of residues from agriculture and fisheries for use in horticulture.

The Horti-BlueC project was approved in February and will receive European funding within the Interreg 2 Seas Program. Greenyard Horticulture is a partner within the consortium that was established for the project, alongside TNO (the Netherlands), Université de Lille (France), ILVO (Belgium), PC Hoogstraten (Belgium), ADAS (UK), Cato Engineering (the Netherlands), University of Portsmouth (UK) and NIAB EMR (UK).

The project investigates the possibilities to recycle side streams from agriculture and fisheries as environmentally-friendly and circular economy resources for sustainable growing media, replacing peat, coir or stonewool. Residues from shellfish contain chitin which can be used in substrates, while wood remains or used substrates can be transformed into plant fibers and biochar. Released gases can be used for the production of CO2 to optimize growth in greenhouses. In addition, both chitin and biochar are natural crop protection agents, avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Horti-BlueC will focus on the cultivation of strawberries and tomatoes. The research project maps both the practical implications and the economical balance for the use of the side streams. The project will run from February 2018 to October 2021 and has a total budget of 3.35 million euro.

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Europe’s largest rooftop city farm opens its doors

Europe’s largest rooftop city farm opens its doors



BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses) recently completed construction of the largest rooftop city farm in Europe. Located in Brussels, the Ferme Abattoir will be delivering fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and fish to local stores and restaurants. Greenyard Horticulture delivered special rooftop substrates for the project and is therefore an important partner.

BIGH was founded in 2015 by architect Steven Beckers. The mission of the company is to create sustainable farms which work together with buildings using their energy loss, rainwater, CO2and natural potential for space, orientation, microclimate and solar exposure. The farms are circular systems, designed to produce zero waste and minimize energy input.

The Ferme Abattoir is the first large realization of BIGH. It stretches out over a surface of 4,000 m2, consisting of 2,000 m2 of greenhouses for horticulture and aquaculture and a 2,000 m2outdoor vegetable garden. It is situated on the rooftop of the popular Foodmet market hall in Anderlecht (one of the Brussels municipalities), which attracts 100,000 visitors over three days each week.

Developing the Ferme Abattoir took almost two years with construction starting in 2016, outdoor garden tests in 2017, and the greenhouse and fish farm completed in 2018. Full operation of the farm will be reached at the end of 2018.

Not only did Greenyard Horticulture develop rooftop substrates specifically for the project, its organic Grow Bags are also being used in the greenhouse for the cultivation of tomatoes. They contain natural raw materials that increase the yield, improve resistance to plant diseases and provide a tastier produce. After usage, the substrates can be composted, allowing BIGH to fully close the cycle at the farm.

“In recent years, we have invested heavily in the development of substrates for urban farming. We are proud of our partnership in this project, which will contribute to a more sustainable urban environment, while promoting a healthier lifestyle,” explains Stefaan Vandaele, Managing Director of Greenyard Horticulture.

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Greenyard has now RPP certificates for all Baltic sites

Greenyard has now RPP certificates for all Baltic sites

The board of Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) granted 6 new RPP certificates to Greenyard Horticulture. Together with the certificates received last year, all Baltic peat bogs of Greenyard are now RPP certified.

Sustainability is at the core of Greenyard’s operations, that is why Greenyard is continuously reducing its impact on the environment. By pursuing RPP certification, Greenyard produces peat in a responsible manner. As a pioneer in the horticulture sector, the Greenyard Horticulture division stepped into the process of RPP certification and has now all its production sites certified in the Baltics.

The RPP certification system aims to increase the positive effects of peat extraction while minimizing its negative effects. The program does not allow extraction in peatlands with high conservation value, or any negative impact on adjacent natural areas. In addition, it places particular emphasis on extraction in degraded peatlands. By doing so, natural peatlands with high conservation value are left untouched. After extraction, the sites are restored to their natural states.

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Greenyard Horticulture offers both professional growers and hobby gardeners a wide range of high-quality potting soils, decorative mulches and soil improvers for plants, mushrooms, fruit and vegetables. With more than 1,000 substrate types available, our products are tailored to each customer, allowing them to improve both quality and profitability, and ensure a healthy crop. Horticulture also taps into the emerging trend of urban farming, with an innovative range of products for consumers that want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We even help cities to become greener, with solutions for roof gardens and other forms of urban greene