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”
There are several methods for feeding a greenhouse crop; hand watering, sprinklers, sub-irrigation, and drip irrigation to name a few. These systems can be Continue reading “Simple Greenhouse Irrigation”
What is pH and why is it important for plant growth? (video) Continue reading “Quick pH Discussion”
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”
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”
This past week my posts have been focused on soil health in the greenhouse; Organic 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”
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”