Quick pH Discussion

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Greenhouse Maintenance Checklist

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Greenhouse maintenance is important, not only for increasing the lifespan of the structure, but also in maximizing profits for the grower. For example, something as little as losing one drop of water per second from a leak can add up to 113 gallons of water each month. In addition, a 2% increase in heating efficiency for a 30’ X 100’ greenhouse is equivalent to saving 285 therms of natural gas, 330 gallons of propane, or 200 gallons of fuel. It is best practice to routinely inspect the greenhouse structure, equipment, and systems at least once a month. Below is an informative video on greenhouse maintenance developed by the Ohio State University, the State University of New Jersey, and the University of Arizona: Continue reading “Greenhouse Maintenance Checklist”

Healthy Roots| Fabric & Air-Pots

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Last week we talked about soil health and ways to improve it through organic matter, no-till gardening methods, and compost tea. After putting all of this effort into creating high quality soil, the next step is to make sure that the containers used for planting are going to promote healthy plant growth. Container growing, or growing in pots instead of in the ground, is often the choice for greenhouse growers considering space can be limited and mobility is crucial. The two pots on the market that seem to provide the greatest benefits for plant growth are Continue reading “Healthy Roots| Fabric & Air-Pots”

Brew Healthy Soil | Compost Tea

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This past week my posts have been focused on soil health in the greenhouseOrganic Matter | Soil Health and No-Till | ROLS. To build on this topic I am going to introduce the method  of using compost tea to improve soil health. Compost tea, though it can get technical, is simply the process of soaking compost in water to create an extract which can then be used to drench soil or as foliar feed. This technique has been around for generations and growers have been getting extremely creative with their recipes, especially the cannabis farmers. What do you think is the most important ingredient for compost tea? Continue reading “Brew Healthy Soil | Compost Tea”

No-Till | Recycled Organic Living Soil

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This is a continuation of Organic Matter | Soil Health.

While we are on the topic of organic matter and soil health, lets talk about no-till farming and how you can get that same type of high quality soil into your greenhouse garden. Continue reading “No-Till | Recycled Organic Living Soil”

Organic Matter | Soil Health

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Greenhouse growing is similar to growing outside except it gives added control and the option for continuous high quality results. One of the big differences between a plant growing in its natural habitat and one growing in a artificial habitat can be its soil. Healthy soil is key in strong plant grown, but what defines healthy soil? Continue reading “Organic Matter | Soil Health”

IPM Biocontrol

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This is a continuation of my Integrated pest management (IPM) post. When the proper cultural and physical IPM controls are in place, but there is still a pest problem, the next tactic on the IPM list is biological control (biocontrol). Biocontrol is the use of living organisms such as insects, mites, nematodes, fungi and bacteria to control pests and diseases. Simply put, good bugs are used to fight the bad bugs. To be successful, biocontrol requires the support of cultural and physical controls but if done correctly it can be very effective in managing pests. Below is a video from Penn State University that touches on the subject of biocontrol:

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