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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Integrated Pest Management

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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”

Greenhouse Aeroponics

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Aeropnonics is similar to hydroponics and aquaponics in the sense that they are all methods of soil-less growing. The difference between the three is that with aeroponics the roots of the plants are suspended in the air rather than submerged in a nutrient solution. The roots of a plant in an aeroponic system are periodically misted with a nutrient solution while they stay constantly in contact with the air. This allows for an increased uptake of nutrients, water, and oxygen. Aeroponic systems are used in both small and large scale grows providing some interesting benefits compared to conventional growing. Continue reading “Greenhouse Aeroponics”

Light Deprivation: Methods | Tarps |Suppliers

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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”

Light Deprivation: Pro vs. Con

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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”

Light Deprivation: Intro

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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”