The invention of the green house was a dream come true for many farmers who could now plant all year round while giving their plants optimum conditions for growth. And while yes, the green house helps to mitigate a lot of risks for your plants it is still important to be aware that it is not a magical pill and there is still work to be done. Below are some of the biggest do’s and don’ts.
Yes we know this is the age of social media and you can get quite a lot of information from YouTube or whatever platform of your choice. But it is important that you get proper training on green house farming. I mean what’s the point of investing so much money if you are still going to gamble on it ?The green house is supposed to alleviate stress from your crops and yourself but with the always changing climatic conditions and technicalities everyday it is important to know how you are going to handle them. Training will also give you technical information like how to choose the right material, how to build your green house or at least make sure it is well built among other factors that would have slipped your mind.
2. Setting up the green house.
The green house should be set up in such a way that it can get as much sunlight as possible. And while this might change depending on your land a good way to go is set your green house generally South or South West on your land. It is also important to take note of the position of your water. The green house should be set up in a place that you can easily access the water hydrant/ tap. This will help you reduce costs from the pipes that will be used for irrigation. Also important to note is how your green house will be ventilated, cooled or heated if need be throughout the year. Once a decision has been made on the logistics, the second most important do is
3. Soil analysis and testing.
Although the climatic conditions maybe altered to fit your crops and pests kept out. It is important to remember the soil is a constant. Most people love growing capsicum and tomatoes in the green house as such it goes without saying that make sure your soil is tested for bacterial and fusarium wilt and nematodes and other soil borne diseases that could affect your plant of choice will save you from a very big frustrating loss.
4. Farm management
It is important to remember that the crops still need regular watering schedules and application of safe fertilizers and the control of pests and diseases. It is also very important to still monitor the crops. You may have had the phrase that problems start at year 3. While this is not exact, the phrase points out that as the years go by some farmers may get complacent and start neglecting their crops.