Welcome to Peter Doyle Consultancy P/L

Peter Doyle Consultancy P/L (PDC) is an Australian owned company specialising in hydroponic consultancy work and hydroponic fodder production. Our company is based in Victoria Australia, where we ‘practice what we preach’ on our own commercial hydroponic farm. Our interstate consultants are also hydroponic farmers, which enables them to pass on practical, high quality knowledge to existing and prospective clients.

International inquiries are also welcomed, where we can either consult for you directly, or forward your inquiry to one of our international network of consultants.

In particular, we specialize in the following areas:

1. NFT & Channel-Based Systems, large or small.
2. NFT Trouble-Shooting.
3. Hydroponic Farm Evaluations.
4. Environmental Control Systems.
5. Making the Right Hydroponic Choice.
6. On-Site Consultancy.
7. Hydroponic Fodder Production.


1. NFT & Channel-Based Systems.

PDC specialises in designing and building ‘recirculating systems’, in particular using the highly efficient Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) method. Each system is ‘custom built’ to meet the clients needs, budget and market, with an emphasis on providing a strategy that will ensure simple, productive operation and a consistently high quality end product. We can also supply the individual components of NFT systems, such as the channel and nutrients, for further details have a look at our Products section.

No project is too large or too small. To date we have designed commercial systems from 20,000 square meters, right down to 20 square meters, and we are equally comfortable with both large and small systems.

2. NFT Trouble-Shooting.


To date we have not encountered an NFT problem we have not been able to fix. As NFT is a relatively simply concept the simple remedy generally works, and it is this principle that we generally try to apply when trouble shooting. Normally, this translates into very quick response times, and lower bills for customers!

3. Hydroponic Farm Evaluations.

At some point you may wish to sell your farm, or, you may require an evaluation for insurance purposes. In either case we are able to supply you with a ‘farm value’ based on current market expectations.
Another option you may wish to consider is to lease your commercial hydroponic system; again we are able to give you advice based on our own ‘practical’ experience in this matter.

4. Environmental Control Systems.

While greenhouses might be identical in structure, and located on the same tract of land, their respective climatic conditions can often be quite different. Hence the need for good, practical and above all relevant advice on types of climate control systems, and which one would be best suited to your particular circumstances.
There are many different commercial systems and methods to choose from, selecting the right one often makes the difference between a successful venture or a failed one. We have extensive experience with most of the systems on the market today, as well as close links with the manufacturers of these systems, and as such feel that we are in a good position to offer advice on this aspect of your farm.

5. Making the Right Hydroponic Choice.


Making the right ‘Hydroponic Choice(choice of crop)’ is probably the most important decision you will make. While a prospective market is essential, you should also choose a crop you are literally “physically capable” of growing. Growing hydroponic lettuce is totally different to growing hydroponic tomatoes. While lettuce and herbs require your attention on most days the work is essentially light in nature, however, tomatoes can be physically very demanding as a crop. Apart from having to carry or handle the heavier fruit (it’s not hard to imagine that a box of tomatoes weighs considerably more than a box of basil), going up and down ladders where ‘layering’ is required can be very tiring indeed. We always try to make sure that prospective clients are given some hands on experience with their chosen crop before setting up their own system (if required).

6. On-Site Consultancy.

In many cases, to make an accurate assessment on either existing or prospective commercial systems an on-site inspection may be required. PDC can provide you with this service both locally in Australia and overseas.

7. Hydroponic Fodder Production.

See our Livestock Fodder Shed System for further details.