Growing marijuana might not be as green as you once thought it was, and there is actually serious concern over how un-green the process of indoor cannabis cultivation has become. Indoor grow operations are consuming immense amounts of energy, harming the environment and increasing its cost for the consumer. Below is a TED Talk from Dan Sutton managing director of Tantalus Labs, which focuses on the subject of what he calls “cannabis’s dirty secret,”and offers his opinions on how consumers/growers can change the industry. Spoiler alert; Save money and the earth by growing your cannabis in a greenhouse! Continue reading “Changing the Game: Inhouse to Greenhouse”
If you’re experiencing condensation inside of your greenhouse you might be growing more than just plants. Moisture can be a good thing, and for some plants it is essential in their survival, but if condensation is dripping on your plants it could be creating ideal conditions for mold and plant diseases. Below you will find some techniques suggested by the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) department at Ohio State University (OSU) that can help you have a drier greenhouse environment.
You purchased your greenhouse structure and finally decided on what cover to get, so next on your list is figuring out how to secure that cover to your structure. Before making your decision on which Poly-fastener you’re going to use, you should read this comparison of Wiggle Wire vs. Poly Lock.
What happens when you combine fish farming and hydroponics? You get aquaponics, the only way to hydroponically grow USDA organic certified vegetables. Aquaponics is the Continue reading “Fish Power Your Garden”
Sometimes simple is best, even if you are shopping for a greenhouse. Trying to determine the accessories that you will need, wont need, and absolutely don’t need but are going to end up buying anyways, is a little intimidating for some. If you are interested in learning about the basic accessories and their potential value to your greenhouse, here is a diet version of some of the components that are worth your time to research. Continue reading “Don’t Over Accessorize”
Polyweave Greenhouse Cover –Photo Credit
Do a quick Google search and you will find pages on pages of sources explaining the benefits of growing cannabis in a greenhouse. Best of all, you get the controlled environment of indoor with the free light of outdoor. In a greenhouse, the main thing standing between the crop and the almighty sun is the greenhouse cover. This is why it’s important to choose a cover that’s best for your specific growing needs.
Left: Non-Treated Plant. Right: Music-Treated Plant. (Photo Credit.)
I have heard it before, but I never took it seriously that music could stimulate plant growth. A few years ago Mythbusters hosted an episode which proved that heavy metal music did help increase the size and health of their pea plants. Interesting findings, but the process is a little more scientific than simply hosting a death metal concert for your crop.You need protein stimulating sounds that are specific to your plant’s cell anatomy.
Back in the 90’s a French Physicist named Joel Sternheimer discovered that as plants absorb their nutrients and synthesize their amino-acids, they emit a signal with a certain frequency and wavelength. He was able to recreate these sounds into “proteodies,” or protein melodies. Closely following Sternheimer’s work, Yannick Van Doorne has dedicated his life to studying the effect of music on plant growth. Below is a list of different techniques and sounds that he found can influence plant life: Continue reading “Music: The Grower’s Secret Weapon”