When considering expanding your grow space there are a thousand things to consider. We’re going to tackle five different solutions. As we know, energy costs are a large drain on the profit margin, but there are other options to consider instead of, “that’s how we’ve always done it.” For example, at Laughing Stock Farm, in Freeport, Maine, the owners have switched their heat source to cooking oil from local restaurants. The restaurants give the oil away because otherwise they have to pay to have it removed. Great idea, right?
Topics: storing heat, greenhouse covering, hot water heating, plant root heating, water heat storage, reduce air leaks in greenhouse, non conventional, retractable shade, save money, increase crop production, greenhouse heat, greenhouse maintenance, save energy, greenhouse energy costs, energy costs, seasonal greenhouse maintenance, delta t, insulating the greenhouse, greenhouse shade
There are many checklists and how-to’s written about greenhouse maintenance. More often than not they are generic and mundane. Most lists are geared towards someone having the ideal time of year to grab a check list and do a head to toe walk-through of the greenhouse. This may be wanted, it may even be possible but it usually ends up on the back burner. The approach for this “maintenance” article is to not only explain what needs maintenance at the greenhouse but also what parts and pieces are typically needed and in a format that is easy to reference when the time comes.