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Planting media in Kenya includes soil, Rockwool, peat moss, cocoa part, pumice and vermiculite. It 
Air, water and warmth are the conditions necessary for a plant to germinate. With the growth of urbanization, land has become a scarce resource and farmers are adopting new farming methods. The purpose of a planting medium is to physically support the plant and to supply adequate oxygen, water and nutrients for proper root functions.
With innovations in agriculture, farmers are now able to manipulate alternative media other than soil to grow their crops. Planting media components are either organic or inorganic. Organic components include wood chippings, sawdust, rice hulls, and coconut husk fibre, among others. Inorganic components include perlite, pumice, vermiculite, starter plugs, and hydrogel, among others.
The use of planting media has become a common practice more so in greenhouse farming, home gardens like pots and on seedbeds or planting trays. A farmer can choose to use the individual organic or inorganic media, mix organic media with soil, organic media with inorganic media or inorganic media with soil to improve its germinating conditions.
The general structure and size of planting media vary. For example, sawdust has small particles with fine texture, perlite is generally coarse with soil-like particles while starter plugs are generally a large spongy substance. There must be adequate small pore space to hold water for plant uptake and enough large pores to allow the exchange of air in the medium to maintain critical oxygen concentrations. The composition of a growing medium should be well drained, low in soluble salts and with an adequate exchange capacity. 
A good planting media provides a reservoir for holding water and nutrients and provides an effective gaseous exchange system. Unlike soil, planting media does not supply plants with any nutrients so the farmer must provide them. Minerals, nutrients, bacteria and fungi are artificially introduced to the planting media depending on the needs of the plant. This ensures only specific requirements are made available to the plants and largely assists in controlling crop diseases. The compact media also allows for good anchorage to the crop whereby roots are deeply embedded into the medium.
With the use of planting media, the chemical composition and nutrients available to plants can be easily monitored and controlled. This generally increases the average produce per unit area of input because the rate of transition from seed to crop is generally high and plants will grow into highly nutritious, strong, leafy and healthy crops. This means that there will be enough food with a perfect nutrition balance to feed human beings. 
The average pH for most plants to grow ranges between 5.2 and 6.2. Artificial planting media has a neutral pH but organic media are either acidic or base, depending on the media but pH can be raised or lowered depending on the type of crops grown. The nature of planting media enables accurate monitoring of the pH level which can be easily regulated by the use of machines and chemicals. This provides favourable conditions for root development. 
Some of the advantages of planting media include;
A farmer achieves high yields in a limited area by applying a quality planting medium
There is better control over irrigation, nutrition and fertilization
Compared to normal soil, the chemical composition and pH of planting media are easy to control
There is a great reduction in the amount of water consumed and the drained water can be recycled
The use of agrochemicals is greatly reduced
Maximum utilization of space through vertical growing techniques
Planting media is economical to buy, transport and utilize
Attack by diseases and weed infestation is greatly reduced 
Media require a small space to set up
Easily manipulated to provide perfect conditions for growth

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