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The iGrow 1800 for the Ultimate Control of a Greenhouse or Indoor Garden

In order to get the highest return on investment, many gardeners implement automation devices or controllers. These controllers can be as basic as a thermostat controller or as complex as a sophisticated tool used to control multiple pieces of hardware within the garden. The iGrow 1800 by Link4 is a sophisticated controller that offers remarkable […]

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Greenhouse Inefficiencies and Your Bottom Line

Maximize Profits The most common production inefficiencies growers face. To remain competitive in this market, Greenhouse growers need to stay one step ahead on the production level.  These 6 common inefficiencies, if addressed correctly, can put a little more money back into your pocket! 1.  Nutrient Management Dispensing the right amount of nutrients at the […]

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Choosing the Best Greenhouse to Fit Your Needs

Whether you want to extend your growing season or provide a safer and more controlled environment to plant your seeds, you must first decide on the type of greenhouse to purchase.  Here are some tips on beginning the process of choosing the best greenhouse for your growing.   For starters, decide on the crops you […]

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Robots Improve Greenhouse Productivity

Metrolina Greenhouses use robots from Harvest Automation to improve efficiency. Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C., are currently using HV-100 robots from Harvest Automation to assist with plant spacing. This essential task is the most physically demanding task in a greenhouse, and it is the most critical as incorrectly spacing plants will affect plant growth.   […]

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Solar-Powered Desalination Machine Produces Fresh Water for Consumption and Irrigation

Content and image courtesy of Eco Watch   The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems have introduced a method of turning salt water into drinking water using renewable energy. MIT and Jain were not the first to introduce this idea, but due to expenses and energy requirements from further attempts, momentum was never […]

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Seawater Greenhouses make growing in dryer regions easier

Seawater Greenhouses became an idea in creator, Charlie Paton’s head, nearly 20 years ago.  This method of farming has been steadily growing in popularity and enabling vast crop growth in our driest regions. These structures utilize fresh water and solar energy to function.  The process begins with pumping in local salt water.  Instead of trapping […]

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The Great Insecticide Debate

Earlier this month, the state of Washington took steps toward banning the purchase and use of the insecticide neonicotinoid, which can be found in many greenhouses across the country.
The main reason such measures are being considered, in Washington and in other areas, is the declining bee population, which some studies have linked […]

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Pretty Soon, Hydroponics Will be Everywhere

What does hydroponic farming have to do with modular telephones, driverless cars and private drones? According to the online publication Tech in Asia, it is one of 8 technologies that kids born today will take for granted. It’s an intriguing speculation, especially when one considers how the generations that grew up without the Internet and […]

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Is This the Next Generation Greenhouse?

We’ve covered aspects of vertical farming in previous blogs, and at the moment there are many models and prototypes and even working facilities, but none that have emerged as the next standard for future greenhouse growing. But a Dutch-based company called PlantLab, founded in 2010, has created a blueprint for “plant production units,” or PPUs […]

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Lowering Energy Costs in Your Greenhouse

If you grow crops in a greenhouse, you already know that any opportunity to save energy is also an opportunity to save money. And with the cooler temperatures of fall and winter fast approaching, there is no better time to explore the possibilities of energy-saving products. Here are four that are widely-used in greenhouses of […]

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CO2: Good for Greenhouse Plants, Bad for the Planet?

Many greenhouse growers rely on CO2 generators to increase harvest yields. Manufacturers say these generators not only increase production but also improve plant quality. Where plants that grow outside are exposed to just 400 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide, a generator boosts that level to 1,500 ppm, and the results are bigger flowers, […]

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Organic Hydroponics: The Best Soil Substitutes

Some hydroponic grow rooms prefer an organic approach, which among other things means no chemical usage. But these growers also need to provide nutrients to their crops, to replace those that are carried in the soil in traditional growing. Accomplishing this in a way that is both effective and economical can sometimes be a challenge. […]

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