Greenhouse Tips and Essentials

Choosing the best greenhouse kit that fits your gardening interest is a lot like choosing the best phone on a cellphone shop. Each and every phone possesses its own technology, special features, use and size. One has to be guided by certain criteria to bring home the best choice. This article delves on practical tips in choosing your greenhouse:

1. Durability. This is practically the primary factor that you have to consider in choosing the best greenhouse. You have to see for yourself the toughness of its frame and firmness of its structure so that a greenhouse can withstand the forces of nature in your particular place.

2. Aesthetic Quality. Because of its durability, a greenhouse can last for years and decades that is why it is equally important to choose the pleasant-looking greenhouse. It must fit your taste for beauty as well as its compatibility with your garden landscape, house design and fence. Never own a greenhouse that will be an eye-sore for you, your family and visitors. It pays that you like what you invest your money in.

3. Rationale. Consider your reasons for buying a greenhouse. Are you growing medium-sized fruit-bearing plants, flowering plants, herbs or just to grow seedlings for your bigger garden area? Are you putting in aquaponics, too? These questions when answered lead you to the consideration of the greenhouse’s size and height, materials, lighting, heating and cooling needs plus the layout on the inside. Most of the time, people own greenhouse to turn it into an organic food factory nowadays. Choose wisely from among available greenhouse seeds.

4. Budget Wise. How much do you want to allocate for a greenhouse? Trusted manufacturers would always create the most durable and most promising greenhouse that they can ever build. However, quality and price go proportionately hand-in-hand. Well, needless to say, you have to save some cash especially intended for a quality greenhouse. Should you wish to build your own greenhouse, consider the materials used, its availability and complexity on how it is built.

How to Build Aquaponics

WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?

Aquaponics is basically a combination of aquaponics and hydroponics. Its focus is of twofold: 1. taking care of fish both for personal and commercial consumption (aquaponics); and 2. the focus on taking care of plants without making use of the soil (hydroponics).

The diagram shows how the system works:

The system works by fish culture in a tank or aquarium. Regularly, placed over the tank or aquarium are seedbeds which fed on the microbes from fish wastes pumped to the plants acting as organic fertilizers. The plants then filter the water for the nourishment of the fish. It is in short a man-made natural ecosystem wherein mutual relationship exists between the fishes and the plants with the ultimate goal of benefiting and satisfying its creator with healthy food.

Why Aquaponics?

In providing fresh, tasty and healthy organic herbs, vegetables and fruits for your family, you practically have in mind two options: 1. Buy organic food for the family. Organic foods are available in selected markets and areas grown by local farmers but as we all know and observe, organic food is no cheap enterprise. They come in expensive proportions.

2. Plant them yourself. By doing so, great is the possibility for you to save and to customize your garden with all your needs. However, planting by yourself requires soil preparation, expensive irrigating system, weed and insects/pests control to name a few. You may even need to water them from time to time. Failure to do so may waste your effort, your dream and your pockets.

Yes! Planting them is great but there exists a better way to plant your favorite herbs, vegetables and fruits. It is by way of the Aquaponics system that you can actually do by yourself inside your greenhouse.

Click here for an overview of the DIY Aquaponics.