Working with Duchy College and Rothamstead Research, we’ve prototyped and released a new system for allotment owners and gardeners. The allotment lab is a 'pocket lab', with walkthrough experiments for working out the soil type and how to improve compost. The nutrient values of the compost are calculated based on what is added to it each day. Once these experiments are completed, the system will make suggestions for the best crops and companion plants, compost application rates and timings, and rotations. Our aim is to make it easier for people to grow their own food, and also to understand the environmental conditions that affect plant growth.
The lab is available for iPhone and Android phones.