Should I Automate My Greenhouse?

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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.

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Greenhouse Hack: Cheap Water Harvesting

 

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Cheap Rainwater Collection System

Is an expensive water delivery service eating into your profits? This issue inspired a family friend of mine to create his own “low-budget” water harvesting system for his greenhouses. Instead of purchasing a large fiberglass rain water system, which would have cost him in the range of $18,000-$50,000, he experimented with two 30,000 gallon above ground swimming pools at a cost of only $1,700 each. He then installed a cheap Home Depot gutter system on his two greenhouses, positioning them so that they would flow into the pools. This custom rain collection system can completely fill the pools after a single heavy rain, supplying him with enough water for over a month of growing.

Imagine if you could eliminate your crop’s water expenses, how much of an impact would that have on your bottom line?

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