Category Archive: Hydroponics

Professional greenhouses now available

There are lots of greenhouses for sale for the home gardener. Some appear to be very cheap – but when you delve into them, you will find they are made from cheap materials. Ask how thick the polycarbonate panels are. Ask whether the frames are aluminium and powder coated to minimise rust. Do they come with a guarantee ?

GardenSmart Hydroponics is one of the shops here at Gardenworld. They have tested many greenhouses over the years and are now proud to be one of the Australian stockists of Winter Gardenz Greenhouses. These New Zealand made greenhouses are designed for harsh kiwi conditions. In fact they have even been snowed on many times over there. They come with a 10 year guarantee. The panes have UV stabilized 6mm twin wall polycarbonate which helps keep the warmth in.

greenhouse design

Well designed for easy access

New Zealanders have learnt to live and survive in a harsh climate. In fact they have one of the most advanced hydroponic vegetable production industries in the world. the majority of their tomatoes, capsicums and cucumbers are all grown in greenhouses.

A greenhouse can be very useful in Melbourne for growing vegetables out of season, raising seeds and cuttings and even housing prized collections of tropical and sub-tropical plants. We now have one on display here at Gardenworld which can be viewed in the GardenSmart shop 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm.

Priced between $1200 and $3000, there are 8 different sizes to choose from along with all the benches and accessories you will need. Come down and see us at GardenSmart.

8 foot series

Extra wide creates plenty of growing space

Hydroponics Made Easy – the Autopot System.

New Book Release: Hydroponics Made Easy, by Jim Fah.

By James Wall.

Jim Fah is a legend here at Gardenworld. He is the inventor of a very special system called Autopot. This system has a smart valve that ensures singular plants in their individual containers dictate when they get their supply of water according to their needs.

Jim has spent well over 20 years developing and improving his system. The system is being used commercially around the world, including Malaysia where they grow these bright yellow melons (Kuning Jati) in no growing media at all. Each crop takes 65 days and they are producing 2.5 tonnes of fruit a week.

Another project included a wall of plants along the Flemington Racecourse horse track. At one stage more than 1000 Purple Craze petunias were being watered from one pump. My experiences with planting our spreading petunias around here at Gardenworld has been a maintenance free system that ensures months of spectacular blooms. It is something we are famous for over summer, and because the flowers don’t get wet by this system, they last for many months longer than an overhead watering system.

Jim has also had to contend with copy cats, including a trusted former distributor who has even copied the Autopot name. Sure there are patents and potential legal avenues, but this can come at a great cost. Jim is focussing on developing the technology further, so the copy cats will never be up with the latest design.

It is with pleasure that I have just received a copy of Jim’s latest book. It is called Hydroponics Made Easy. It is actually the 3rd edition of his original book, but the 2nd edition came out over ten years ago, and a lot a developments have been made since then. As well as providing plenty of information about the Autopot System, you will also learn a lot about Hydroponics in general. There is also an interesting chapter on starting plants from seeds and cuttings.

The colourful book is 111 pages and is on sale for just $15 at both the nursery and the Hydroponics shop here at Gardenworld. It is also available online from with a $6.95 freight charge Australia wide.

What I like about this book is that you get an honest appraisal from the author of his own system as well as a wealth of information of tried and true fertiliser requirements of various crops. Following the instructions of this book, both backyard growers and commercial producers should have bumper crops of quality fruit and vegetables.


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