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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Mashego, Distshwanelo Cynthia
URN etd-07112006-125158
Document Title The production of vegetable crops under protection for small-scale farming situations
Degree M Inst Agrar (Agronomy)
Department Plant Production and Soil Science
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof P S Hammes
Keywords
  • vegetable gardening hydroponics farms small
  • vegetable gardening hydroponics farms small
Date 2001-04-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Experiments were conducted with tomato under shade netting and with lettuce in a vertical hydroponic system at the Hatfield Experimental Farm, University of Pretoria.

The objectives of the study were:

1. To evaluate the effect of different types of shade netting on tomato production

2. To develop a vertical hydroponic system for lettuce production which would be suitable for use by small-scale farmers.

In the tomato trial the highest number of fruit per plant (47) was produced under 12% white shade and 40% black shade nets, and the lowest fruit number (35) was produced under 30% black net. The highest yield of 6.2 kg per plant was obtained under the 18% white net while 30% black net produced the lowest yield of 3.9 kg per plant.

The test yield of lettuce grown in plastic tubes with eight vertically arranged plant positions were obtained with a continuous high flow rate of the nutrient solution. However, a simplified manual system where the nutrient solution was delivered by gravity from a small reservoir tank resulted in comparable yields.

2001, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Mashego, DC 2001, The production of vegetable crops under protection for small-scale farming situations , MInstAgrar dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07112006-125158/ >

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