Dr. Mike Nichols

Dr. Mike Nichols is a retired university lecturer and is currently an honorary research associate in the College of Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand. He speaks extensively at conferences for international organizations such as the United Nations, and also writes and consults on a range of intensive horticultural topics. His research interests include plant factories, year-round production of berry fruit, hydroponics and greenhouse melon production.

Articles by Dr. Mike Nichols


Year-round Blueberry Production Year-round Blueberry Production Year-round Blueberry Production Year-round Blueberry Production


There is an increasing demand by supermarkets (and consumers) to have the same produce available on a year-round basis, but fresh, locally...

Plant Factories: Not Your Average Indoor Gardens Plant Factories: Not Your Average Indoor Gardens Plant Factories: Not Your Average Indoor Gardens Plant Factories: Not Your Average Indoor Gardens


Fully enclosed, commercial-scale growing environments provide many benefits to growers. Here are the roles that lighting, temperature, and...

Growing Media Part 2 Growing Media Part 2 Growing Media Part 2 Growing Media Part 2


The following is a look at why the type of medium a grower ends up using might just be the most important decision he or she makes in terms...

Growing Media Part 1 Growing Media Part 1 Growing Media Part 1 Growing Media Part 1


Choosing the right growing medium is critical to ensure the productivity of plants, but what, exactly, is a grower to do? Read on to learn...

The Next Generation: Quality Vegetable Seedling Production The Next Generation: Quality Vegetable Seedling Production The Next Generation: Quality Vegetable Seedling Production The Next Generation: Quality Vegetable Seedling Production


Seedling production has changed greatly over the past 50 years, and its potential for the future is looking bright as ever.

Organic Hydroponics: Taking Soil Out of the Mix Organic Hydroponics: Taking Soil Out of the Mix Organic Hydroponics: Taking Soil Out of the Mix Organic Hydroponics: Taking Soil Out of the Mix


Organic hydroponics can seem like an oxymoron since many organic-food producers insist that soil is an essential component of the mix....

Happy Ginger (in Hydroponics) Happy Ginger (in Hydroponics) Happy Ginger (in Hydroponics) Happy Ginger (in Hydroponics)


Globally loved ginger is normally grown in tropical/sub-tropical soil. Here's how you can grow this rhizome using hydroponics.

Hydroponic Leeks: A Not so Dirty Business After All Hydroponic Leeks: A Not so Dirty Business After All Hydroponic Leeks: A Not so Dirty Business After All Hydroponic Leeks: A Not so Dirty Business After All


Growing leeks is traditionally a dirty business, but hydroponics is about to change all that.

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