With the diminishing labor pool and rising minimum wage in the U.S., automation has become more of a requirement than an option. This was demonstrated in the Greenhouse Grower’s 2017 State of the Industry, which reported Continue reading “Automation: It’s Time to Consider”
Can a greenhouse in combination with solar photovoltaics (PV) help eliminate global conflict? Dylan Ratigan and a handful of veterans are proving that it can. During their service they noticed that one of the primary causes for global conflict is the sense of despair derived from a total lack of access to any resource systems. So, how can we battle this despair and provide resources like clean water, food, electricity, and wireless communications in polluted, rural, unfavorable climates? Introducing the Helical Outpost™ : Continue reading “Helical Outpost: Weapon of Mass Resource Stabilization”
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of photosynthesis. The whole process of photosynthesis is dependent on using light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars that the plants use to grow. A main goal of greenhouse production is to efficiently promote the photosynthesis process to economically maximize crop yield. For this to happen the growing environment needs to supply the plants with the perfect amount of photosynthesis ingredients, otherwise production will be slow or nonexistent. The one extremely important ingredient that is often neglected in the greenhouse is Continue reading “Increase Yields With Supplemental CO2”
Need more ideas for improving plant growth, quality, yields, and disease prevention for your crops? It may be time for you to research and experiment with Continue reading “Electroculture: Interesting Potential”
Insects and diseases are a major challenge in greenhouse production. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an important tool to managing pests by using physical, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics that are, safe, profitable, and environmentally compatible. It is an approach that is adaptable to all greenhouse grown crops, and focuses on pest management rather than pest elimination with harsh chemicals. Continue reading “Integrated Pest Management”
If you read part one and two of this light dep conversation then you should understand the process behind it and some of the pros and cons associated with it. If you’re considering taking the next step towards extra harvests and higher quality buds, here is a post with tons of videos demonstrating the methods for blacking-out a greenhouse, quick descriptions of some blackout tarps, and a video of Forever Flowering’s Breathable Wall accessory. Continue reading “Light Deprivation: Methods | Tarps |Suppliers”
If you read my last post light Deprivation: Inro, then you have a basic idea of how a light dep system works and a few of the major advantages that come with it. It may sound like the ultimate investment, which it often is, however there are always pros and cons to just about everything, especially when it comes to greenhouse related products. This post is all about the pros and cons of a greenhouse light deprivation system when compared to outdoor cannabis cultivation. Continue reading “Light Deprivation: Pro vs. Con”
It’s simple economics, when there is more supply than demand prices begin to fall. The same rules apply to the cannabis market, and can be witnessed first hand every harvest season when huge amounts of outdoor grown product floods the market. During this time prices can get very competitive and finding local buyers can become an issue. So how do outdoor growers survive the glut? Either they grow some really high quality product or Continue reading “Light Deprivation: Intro”
Strategically setting up your greenhouse with automated climate controls, lighting controls, and solution controls has the potential to improve your crop’s quality as well as reduce operational costs. As the years pass, these systems have become more of a necessity rather than a luxury, especially if you want to compete when the majority of the market is already capitalizing on this technology. Most of these packages are “plug and play” setups supplying you with constant real-time data management and environmental controls directly from your smart phone or computer. In my opinion, automating your greenhouse is an opportunity that is well worth the investment.
Greenhouse automation is the opportunity for consistency, freedom, and savings.