EVOLVING FARMING METHODS
Farming practice has changed over the years. New methods are found and old ones evolve bringing benefits along with them. Drip irrigation, terrace farming, crop rotation and greenhouse farming help farmers adapt to any circumstances.
Greenhouse farming is quickly becoming a necessity. Shortage of space for farmland and the adverse climatic conditions combined with rising prices and poor quality of food material is creating a crunch situation where one has to start finding their own food.
In this article we are going to talk about greenhouse farming. What is greenhouse farming? And you could also ask why greenhouse farming?
A majority portion of the Greenhouses are essentially made of a transparent material like glass or plastic and supported on frames made of wood, plastic or steel and have a variety of heating and cooling equipment along with fans for air circulation, lighting and screening installations.
In many commercial ventures the control of the environmental factors are done with the help of computers. You may construct one on your own for your home.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
Greenhouses allow good control over the conditions under which the crop is raised.
Temperature, irrigation, fertilizer application and climate control gives you the ability to create the optimum conditions for any plant. This is the best way to overcome shortcomings like poor light or harsh temperatures, short growing seasons and humidity in the atmosphere.
In greenhouse farming you have to keep an eye on:
- Regular weeding
- Proper irrigation
- Application of fertilizers
- Modulating temperature, humidity and air flow
- Watch out for pests
Benefits of Greenhouse farming
- Save money on food
- Healthy food
- No modified food
- Choice of crops
- No GMO’s or chemicals added
Good brands recognized for their value and standards are Juliana, Poly-Tex, Hoklartherm, Solexx, Flowerhouse, and Sunshine Gardenhouse. Some that are suitable for the beginners and have good value are Brighton Hybrid, Polytex Snap, Rion Ecogrow and Juliana Compact greenhouses.
When you order your greenhouses you have to consider the following things.
- Ease of assembly and durability
- Strength and good price
- Shipment of goods and variety available
- Expandability and accessories
- Weather conditions and suitability
- Overall aesthetic appeal and the brand choice
- Different types and standalone varieties
Setting up the greenhouse is simple. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. As an overview you will need to level the ground and prepare the base.
Set up the frame along with the ground fixtures, nuts and bolts or whatever is necessary. You have to drape the sheet or fix the plastic or glass panes in position. Use professional help if needed.
Picking out the vegetables
Here are some plants that you could start with: lettuces, spinach, onions, tomatoes, herbs, beets, carrots and sweet potato. Including heating elements in the soil and increasing the room temperature inside the greenhouse will give you bountiful crops year after year.
When you choose the crop for the harvest make sure you pick the right one. For example, in carrots, you have an early and late variety. Napoli is suitable as a winter crop, Hercules is one for rocky terrain, Nelson is sweet crop and Bolero is another winter crop which stores well.
So what is greenhouse farming?
- It is the ability to dictate the quality of the food you eat.
- No GMO’s or chemicals, good sized vegetable with richness.
- Greenhouse farming is much cheaper than traditional farming.
- It helps marginal farmers boost revenue and has also brought variety and goodness to the lives of the kitchen farmer. It is time you also started.