Talking All Things Greenhouse -

Talking All Things Greenhouse –

Design expert Steven Silva waxes on design, automation, managing microclimates, and more.

So, you want to build a greenhouse? What are the key things to keep in mind when embarking on this endeavor?

We caught up with Steven Silva, an expert in greenhouse design and the Founder/CEO of the consulting firm SB SILVA LLC in Fresno, Calif., to answer some questions about where to start and what to consider in the process.

First, you need to establish what crop types will be grown in the greenhouse, Silva says. “Generally, high-value crops are grown in infrastructures like greenhouses because the cost of goods sold to produce the crops are higher when you have equipment and energy compared to field-grown or row crops,” he adds.

Once the crop type is identified, it’s time to decide on the greenhouse design. Height, width, and layout need to be considered, as well as whether it should be a gutter-connected greenhouse or a standalone greenhouse, Silva explains.

Geographic location is also a determining factor, especially because of natural light. Location has everything to do with choosing a greenhouse structure with the right angles and peak, Silva notes, and selecting the correct glazing with the proper diffusion.

“These are all things that are going to dictate the amount of light transmission and the amount of R-value (the measure of resistance to heat flow) that you’re going to get inside the greenhouse,” Silva says. “If a crop requires a lot of light, you’ll need a structure that’s taller

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Rise Gardens Double Relatives Garden overview: A wise indoor greenhouse

If you liked the Wonder-Gro Twelve Indoor Escalating Program we reviewed in early 2020, but want to expand larger sized quantities of herbs, clean leafy greens, and other veggies indoors and devoid of soil, you are going to gobble up what Rise Gardens has to offer.

The $749 Double Family members Back garden despatched for this overview can accommodate up to 24 plants in its two escalating trays, and you can stack a third tray ($200) on top and use higher-capability tray lids to grow up to 108 crops. The strong trays are fabricated from metal, but they have plastic inserts and plastic lids, both of those of which are quick to clean. The trays mount to a blonde wooden frame with a steel cupboard at its foundation. The whole process is interesting, and it seems even much better when your plants have sprouted.

If $749 is also much for your funds, a Single Spouse and children Garden with one tray sells for $549, and it can be expanded to a Double or Triple Loved ones Backyard garden. There is also a Personalized Family members Back garden able of rising 8 to 12 crops that sells for $279 (accessible from Amazon), but it can’t be expanded. All a few programs link to your Wi-Fi community, and from there to a cell app that tracks your plants’ needs—water and nutrients—and their lifespan, from planting to harvest. Far more on that in a little bit.

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