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Lighting Your Greenhouse

When you consider getting lighting for your greenhouse, you are talking about more than simply avoiding stumbling in the dark. When choosing your type of lighting, the first things you should take into account are: The type of greenhouse you have Is your greenhouse designed to be a nursery to propagate seeds or a typical garden with vegetables growing in beds? The type of greenhouse tasks you are planning to do Do you simply want to work till after sunset or in the cold of winter? Do you want to produce market-quality flowers even out of season? Lighting gives you the power to tinker with plant growth and flowering. You can, in a way, force a blossom out of an orchid by controlling the light it receives. Heat and Electrical Efficiency Before buying anything, it is important to consider the heat produced and the energy consumed by your bulbs. Heat from your lights has a significant effect on the growth of plants. Energy consumption, of course, makes a difference on your electricity bill. There are two general categories for greenhouse lighting. Supplementary lighting It is designed to give you light to work in the dark or dead of winter. It serves as a supplement to natural daylight, extending the hours you can work in the greenhouse. Supplementary lighting can be in the form of incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lamps or solar […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 19, 2018 at 8:14 AM

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All About Watering In Your Greenhouse for Plants

An important aspect of greenhouse management is watering. It is a knownfact that water is essential to plants. But you must realise there is such a thing as overwatering, and it kills plants. Know your plants’ needs. Some need frequent watering and grow best when the soil is moist. Some, like cacti, demand dry conditions. In particularly hot days, some varieties of plants dry out very quickly and obviously need more water. Wetting the floor or damping downa few times a day during summer is advisable because an atmosphere that is too dry is potentially harmful to your plants. However, it should not be overdone. The degree of moisture needed varies from plant to plant. During winter, watering should be kept under close monitoring. Fungal diseases thrive in a damp environment. The combination of too-wet composts and cold temperature makes the perfect setting for them. Things You Need Watering Can It is an essential gardener’s piece of equipment, best for small greenhouses. Choose something with a long spout. It must be big enough not to require constant refilling, but it should also be light enough for you to be able to carry it around. Irrigation System If you have a large greenhouse, it may not be a good idea to use a watering can alone, especially if you don’t have anyone to give you a hand in the watering chore. […]

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Posted by Abundant Life - April 18, 2018 at 5:14 PM

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Winter Greenhouse Gardening

Winter is the most inappropriate season to grow plants. Snowstorm, dropping temperature and occasional blizzards won’t do anything to help you grow your plants healthily. Greenhouses, though exempted with the worries of external weather conditions, also need to follow some simple steps to make sure you get the most out of your cultivated plants. There are plants that require cold weather for them to grow healthily. These plants can make you dream of an all-year-round garden, as they are not affected by the extreme winter conditions outside the greenhouse. The following are some of the recommended vegetables to be grown during winter months: Spinach Turnips Garlic Lettuce Beets Cabbage Broccoli Cauliflower Celery Radishes Swiss chard Due to the extreme weather conditions that can happen during these months, there are a couple of disadvantages in gardening during winter, even when you are using a greenhouse. First is to make sure that your facility is built ready for extreme winter conditions, which may be costly, so it must be assessed at first if it is economical to plant during the cold months. The cost of heating is the second disadvantage in winter plant cultivation. The increasing prices of gas must be considered very carefully as it can break you’re bank, which is something that may not be worth it. While it is truly a joy to have an all-year-long garden, there are […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 18, 2018 at 5:13 AM

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Pest Management in Greenhouses

While greenhouses do help in reducing the risk of your plants being infested by parasites, a good gardener/farmer knows that the best thing in pest management greenhouse is to be prepared for such situations. The slip in controlling the temperature inside the greenhouse is the perfect chance for pests to grow and multiply. If not addressed immediately with the proper intervention, pests can be the cause of a plant’s death. Pests inside the greenhouse can be prevented if your greenhouse gets regularly cleaned. Just like cleanliness inside and outside the house, keeping the greenhouse tidy can help prevent the growth of diseases and pests inside the facility. It is recommended that your greenhouse get cold at times, because if it runs on hot temperature all year long, the chances of growing or development of diseases and pests are higher. Freezing the greenhouse is effective in killing pests that have grown inside the facility. As much as possible, it is recommended to use sterilised soil and gardening tools when gardening. Sterilised potting mix when added to the soil can guarantee that the plant to be cultivated in it will be pest-free. When it comes to gardening tools, it is best to bleach them first in a detergent solution before using them. Be observant for the presence of pests. Immediately destroy eggs seen in the greenhouse so that they will not have […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 15, 2018 at 5:11 AM

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BUYING THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

BUYING THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY Over the past few years, the use of greenhouses has been growing in popularity among many home owners who want to enjoy high yields from their gardens. Greenhouse seeds of different kinds have been sought after and the use of the right ones has not disappointed. There are different seeds that you could opt for to plant in your greenhouse and this will help ensure that your crops have grown healthy and yield more. The use of the right greenhouse seeds has helped many home owners to deal with the issue of the rising cost of food and offered many people the much desired food security to date. It is therefore important to know which seeds are best suited for planting in your greenhouse garden and also to understand how to plant them for increased productivity. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS As you look for the best greenhouse seeds, it is important to understand that there are many suppliers out there who are ready to offer you the best quality seeds for sowing in your garden. Whether you are looking for heirloom vegetable seeds or fruit seeds, getting them is easier, especially if you know what to look for. It is always recommended that the organic open pollinated seeds are the best as they offer high yields. […]

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Posted by Greenhouse Galore - April 14, 2018 at 5:11 PM

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Greenhouse Gardening Turned Organic

Aside from the growing consciousness of many people to take better care of the environment, the practice of a healthy lifestyle has also received a strong following during the past few years. Organic farming has been taking advantage of this trend as their customers demand more organic produce. The availability of resources, be it on the Internet or in books, also makes it easy for farmers and gardeners to start organically growing their own produce. Organic gardening starts with a healthy soil that will allow your produce to grow healthily. Composts are the best commercial fertiliser replacement for this kind of soil, which can bring in additional nutrients that can be adsorbed by your plants. Compost may be sourced from your kitchen scraps, animal manure or the garden. Practice intensive planting methods that can save your water resources. This type of gardening method requires the plants to be in close proximity to each other so that there would be no space for weeds to grow and also shield the soil from evaporation or weed seed germination. Be diverse in the choices of plants that are in your greenhouse. This will ensure that if one plant was not to survive, there would still be plenty of them left in the greenhouse.  It is also advisable to practice crop rotation in your greenhouse, as this helps in controlling soil borne pests and […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 13, 2018 at 5:10 PM

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Tomato Cultivation In a Greenhouse

Most growers always include tomatoes in the list of crops that they will plant within the year and their main reason for this is that tomatoes have been consistent throughout the years to bring them bountiful harvest and high profits for those who are growing it for trade. In a greenhouse setting, lettuce and cucumbers are the most preferred crops to be cultivated by gardeners and farmers, but tomatoes are also getting much needed attention, as they too can be easily cultivated in a greenhouse setting. There are several tomato cultivars to choose from and one must be knowledgeable beforehand in order to properly take care of it and take advantage of the benefits it offers. The main differences between the cultivars are size, shape and colour. The higher the quality of the cultivar, the less chance there is of it getting cracked and bringing disease and low production. The Beefsteak and the Cluster category are the two major categories of cultivar available in the market. Beefsteak cultivars are known to produce large tomatoes that can reach the weight of 170-226 grams each. Jumbo, Laura, Caruso and Trend are the most popular types of beefsteak cultivars and all of them are capable of being cultivated in a greenhouse setting. Trust and Math, which are other types of beefsteak cultivars, are more prone to small cracks on their surfaces so it […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM

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A Simple Guide to Running a Greenhouse

Survival Kit for First-Time Greenhouse Owners Running a greenhouse requires multi-tasking; you need to be a grower, buyer, assessor, and manager to ensure everything is working smoothly.  The following are some practical tips you need, because running a greenhouse is a lot more than growing turf. Learn everything there is to learn about running a greenhouse. There are plenty of available reading materials on gardening from books to magazines. Those with step-by-step instructions and good pictures are especially helpful. You can also do research online. The internet is a library open to first-time and seasoned greenhouse owners alike. Sharpen your judgement skills. Good assessing is critical in greenhouse management.  Knowing how to evaluate if your plants already need or still don’t need to be watered will save them from either wilting or getting overly soaked. Evaluation tasks are not limited to the moisture level of the soil in pots. You need to assess the heat, the cold, the particles in the composts, and a lot more interesting aspects of life inside a greenhouse. Have a plan and a budget. Except in cases of pure luck and unexpected breaks, endeavours carried out without a plan are usually doomed to fail. Have a good plan. Stick to it. Prepare your budget. Unless you are extremely resourceful, you can never completely escape shedding some money to set up and run a greenhouse. Watering […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM

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Organic Gardening Inside a Greenhouse

Organic is the way to go for growers nowadays. This is due to the healthy eating trend practiced not only by individuals, but of families as well. But going organic does not only mean getting rid of chemicals and other harmful products used in growing your crops; organic farming is caring for your plants in the natural and traditional method. This is where growers need to be resourceful in using the things present around them so that their crops can be healthy and be able to provide a bountiful harvest. A greenhouse is particularly helpful for growers who want to venture into organic gardening. The main benefit of it is that their plants are better protected in a controlled environment like that of a greenhouse rather than outdoor gardens. But like everything in this world, growers must learn about the downside of greenhouses when the organic gardening method is utilised. This will better protect their plants and make good use of greenhouses in their organic gardening. The following are some tips on organic gardening in a greenhouse setting: Use glass, wood or metal as panels for your greenhouse. This is because the popular polycarbonate and plastic panels contain chemicals that may later harm your crops. Choose the best soil that is appropriate for your organic garden. Having the correct soil is important in organic gardening            because […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 10, 2018 at 5:13 AM

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First-time Organic Gardening Tips

So you suddenly decided to go organic in terms of caring for your plants? But the problem is that you don’t know where to start. With all of the available resources found in books, agriculture-focused magazines and the Internet, first-time organic growers are surely going to find themselves lost with all of the information coming their way. The following are 15 things that an organic gardening newbie needs to know: Choose a location that meets the requirement of your plant, as the amount of sunlight and water it receives is crucial for bringing in plenty of harvest. Know everything about the soil you will be using, including its levels of pH, acid or alkaline and potassium among others. Research on a plants’ sun requirement, as there are crops that demand longer time in the sun, while others would live with only a little. Insects are not always the villains in your garden, as there are those that aid in making your plants healthy. Choose the plants suited for first time gardeners like tomatoes, cucumber and potatoes because they are easy to care for and can provide you with a great harvest. As much as possible, start gardening with plants that are already grown halfway. Learn about companion plants – this is particularly helpful for first-time organic growers because these plants do not only provide crops, but they also acts as […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 9, 2018 at 5:10 PM

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Why A Hydroponics Greenhouse Is A Great Idea

Normally, when individuals adjudge to start hydroponic gardening, they will set up a system anyplace they have some added space, such as the basement. However, most people would not be agreeable to accede their hydroponic patch to overtake the house. That’s why many people who are active to hydroponics will look into trade or constructing a greenhouse. Making use of a greenhouse to grow your animal´s hydroponically is really the ideal setup. It’s much easier to administrate all the backdrop required for your patch to flourish if it is in a greenhouse setting. You will be able to control basic factors such as lighting, air flow and temperature. Moreover, you need lots of room in behest to install the irrigation and lighting systems that are needed for hydroponic gardening. You can install this gear exactly where you need it in a greenhouse. This is BASIC because article of aquatic and light are more important in hydroponics than in a automatic garden. Lighting is actually the most important reason why a greenhouse is so ideal for a hydroponic garden. When you grow animal´s hydroponically, it is critical that they get sufficient amounts of light. Yet an astronomical sum of light can transport about the growth of algae, which is anything you want to prevent. In a greenhouse setting, afternoon is filtered and diffused naturally. You can also administrate the quantity and […]

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Posted by Abundant Life - April 8, 2018 at 5:12 PM

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ORGANIC PEST CONTROL IN GREENHOUSES

While greenhouses are made to allow cultivation of plants even in cold months and to protect them from being infested by pests, there are times that these pests will find a way to enter a greenhouse and take over the whole structure, thus affecting the growth of your plants and their potential to bring a bountiful harvest. Organic pest control is the perfect solution to keep your greenhouse free from pests while keeping your products organic, which is the most preferred food for the health and eco-conscious eaters of the 2000s. Companion planting is one of the best organic pest controls known to growers. In this method, the grower plants two crops that complement each other like taking care of both marigolds and beans or potatoes because the former will be responsible for keeping Colorado potato beetles and Mexican bean beetles at bay. Another organic way to keep your plants pest-free is to manually pick pests from the plants inside the greenhouse. It may be an energy-draining and time-consuming way to keep your plants healthy, but it is sure to be more effective than other ways of getting rid of pests. This method is done twice a day for a whole week and a grower must be keen in picking up adult pests as well as their eggs that may be lying around the greenhouse. A week of manually picking […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 8, 2018 at 5:15 AM

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Misting Systems in Greenhouses Australia

As temperature and humidity in greenhouse can be controlled, misting systems offer an easy way for gardeners and farmers to do just that. Finding the right misting system for your greenhouse is important as it plays a significant role in creating an ideal environment inside the facility. Misting systems serve as the solution when the greenhouse has stored too much thermal energy coming from the sun. Too much heat inside the greenhouse may be ideal during winter months, but when summer, comes it can be the cause of disease development and the incubation of pests inside. While ventilation, air circulation and shading can also help in releasing excess heat from the greenhouse, misting systems make it easier to get rid of it. The ideal humidity inside the greenhouse is nailed at 50% – 70% so that it can provide an ideal condition that will allow the growth of plants inside the facility. Too much heat combined with too much humidity inside can be a bad combination for the plants’ growth. Greenhouse misting systems, greenhouse misting fans and greenhouse humidification fans are some of the systems that can be used to control temperature and humidity inside the greenhouse. Greenhouse misting systems are capable of contributing cooling effects inside the greenhouse through its evaporative cooling capability. The mist in this kind of misting system uses very fine water droplets that are evaporated […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 7, 2018 at 5:10 PM

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Heating Your Greenhouse

Greenhouses are mostly about heat – keeping the right temperature for the plants. The kind of plants you grow and how much monitoring they require are significant considerations you should take when you pick your type of heater. The trick comes in winter when the greenhouse can’t get warmth from the sun. You have to use artificial means to maintain the ideal temperature inside. Large greenhouses require more heating. You can choose from a range of heating systems: Small central heating using heated water – This is ideal for large greenhouses. Water is heated by gas, oil, wood or coal and is circulated in pipes. However, you should take into account that fuel can be expensive. Electric heaters – These types of heaters are commonly used in greenhouses with a typical garden setting (i.e. plants like tomatoes are grown in beds). Electricity-powered heaters make the job easier. Most have thermostats which come in handy during sudden drops in temperature. Paraffin heaters – These are portable heaters which are easy to use and simple to install. But with the coming of more affordable electric units, they have somehow lost their popularity. Fan heaters – These heaters are fairly cheap to use but efficient. You can start your big heating project with them. Warm air like wind, generated by these fans, helps ward off diseases inside the greenhouse. Bottled gas units – […]

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Posted by Ilana - April 7, 2018 at 5:10 AM

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