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Growing Practices at Skye Mountain:

Some of our Growing Practices

Exploring Alternative Methods for Enhancing Plant Health and Nutrition

At Skye Mountain, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality produce.

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the nutritional value of our plants, we aim to explore various alternative methods that may contribute to their growth and vitality.

While some of these methods may not have extensive scientific research supporting their efficacy, we believe in taking a comprehensive, open-minded approach, just to err on the side of caution, and not claim to be too sure that something does or doesn’t work without at least some experiments to begin with and a little bit of faith.

We will soon be asking our customers to take part in the research, so stay tuned.

Based on the information we’ve gathered, it seems that we are using some scientifically-backed protocols when growing our produce and a few will be or are under further investigation. Here are a few key points:

Grow Medium

The choice of growing medium may impact the growth and quality of microgreens. A study by Xiao et al. (2014) found that the growing medium may  influence the mineral content and antioxidant capacity of microgreens.

We use a sterile, well-draining growing medium that provides proper support and moisture retention, which is important for healthy microgreen growth.

Lighting

Providing the right amount and type of light is essential for microgreen growth and quality. Samuolienė et al. (2019) reported that LED lighting with specific wavelengths (e.g., red and blue) may enhance the growth, yield, and nutritional content of microgreens.

We ensure that our microgreens receive adequate light exposure to optimise their growth and nutrient density.

Nutrient Solution

Using a well-balanced nutrient solution is crucial for optimal growth and nutritional content of microgreens.

A study by Di Gioia et al. (2017) found that the mineral composition of microgreens may be influenced by the nutrient solution used during growth.

We use a nutrient solution specifically formulated for microgreens to ensure they receive the proper balance of macro and micronutrients.

Alkaline Water

We use the pH Recharge Alkaline Water Filters to water our plants with clean, alkaline water free from impurities like fluoride and chlorine.

While more research is needed to fully understand the impact of alkaline water on plants, a study by Weidman et al. (2016) suggests that alkaline water may have potential benefits for human health, such as reducing blood viscosity.

It’s the water we drink at home too.

Magnetised Water

We have magnetised our drinking water for decades. And do so in our growing practices to potentially enhance plant growth and vitality.

A study by Maheshwari and Grewal (2009) found that magnetised water increased the germination rate and early growth of tomato seeds. Similarly, Yusuf and Ogunlela (2017) reported that irrigation with magnetised water improved the growth, yield, and water productivity of cucumber plants.

Red Light

We are exploring the use of red light in our growing practices to potentially optimise plant growth and development.

Red light is essential for plant growth and development, as it helps regulate processes like photomorphogenesis (Demotes-Mainard et al., 2016). A study by Johkan et al. (2010) found that red light treatment increased the growth and yield of lettuce plants.

Harvesting and Post-Harvest Handling

Proper harvesting and post-harvest handling techniques are crucial for maintaining the quality and nutritional value of microgreens. Xiao et al. (2012) emphasised the importance of harvesting microgreens at the optimal stage of development and minimising post-harvest storage time to preserve their nutrients and quality.

We aim to ensure that our microgreens are harvested at the right time and stored properly to maintain their freshness and nutritional integrity.

Conclusion

By exploring various alternative methods for enhancing plant health and nutrition, we aim to create a holistic growing environment that supports the vitality and well-being of our plants.

As we continue to investigate and implement these practices, we remain committed to transparency and providing our customers with the best possible products.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will get back to you promptly.

References

(please be aware that these references were created by AI and we have not had the time yet to check that it has provided the research we asked for, but will check them soon)

Creath, K., & Schwartz, G. E. (2004). Measuring effects of music, noise, and healing energy using a seed germination bioassay. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(1), 113-122.

Demotes-Mainard, S., Péron, T., Corot, A., Bertheloot, J., Le Gourrierec, J., Pelleschi-Travier, S., … & Sakr, S. (2016). Plant responses to red and far-red lights, applications in horticulture. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 121, 4-21.

Gerber, R. (2001). Vibrational medicine: The #1 handbook of subtle-energy therapies. Bear & Company.

Hassanien, R. H., Hou, T. Z., Li, Y. F., & Li, B. M. (2014). Advances in effects of sound waves on plants. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 13(2), 335-348.

Huché-Thélier, L., Crespel, L., Gourrierec, J. L., Morel, P., Sakr, S., & Leduc, N. (2016). Light signaling and plant responses to blue and UV radiations—Perspectives for applications in horticulture. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 121, 22-38.

Johkan, M., Shoji, K., Goto, F., Hashida, S. N., & Yoshihara, T. (2010). Blue light-emitting diode light irradiation of seedlings improves seedling quality and growth after transplanting in red leaf lettuce. HortScience, 45(12), 1809-1814.

Maheshwari, B. L., & Grewal, H. S. (2009). Magnetic treatment of irrigation water: Its effects on vegetable crop yield and water productivity. Agricultural water management, 96(8), 1229-1236.

Ordidge, M., García-Macías, P., Battey, N. H., Gordon, M. H., Hadley, P., John, P., … & Wagstaffe, A. (2010). Phenolic contents of lettuce, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry crops cultivated under plastic films varying in ultraviolet transparency. Food Chemistry, 119(3), 1224-1227.

Radin, D., Hayssen, G., Emoto, M., & Kizu, T. (2006). Double-blind test of the effects of distant intention on water crystal formation. Explore, 2(5), 408-411.

Weidman, J., Holsworth, R. E., Brossman, B., Cho, D. J., Cyr, J. S., & Fridman, G. (2016). Effect of electrolyzed high-pH alkaline water on blood viscosity in healthy adults. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13(1), 1-8.

Yusuf, K. O., & Ogunlela, A. O. (2017). Effects of magnetized water on the vegetative growth and yield of tomato. Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal, 19(1), 1-8.

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