Learn about greenhouses, ponds, farming, agriculture, & more.
Typically considered a menace targeted for eradication, algae are increasingly recognized as a valuable tool in managing certain phases of wastewater treatment
Algae are a large and diverse group of aquatic plants that range in size from microscopic single cells to seaweeds the size of trees.
Algae have come onto the world stage as one of the most exciting sustainable sources of biomass and oils for fuel, food, feed, and a wide variety of other useful products.
Algae are a unique collection of eukaryotic organisms sometimes considered plants, bacteria or protists
Plants grown in greenhouses are entirely dependent on artificial irrigation to meet their growth needs and there are plenty of options to handle the task
In hot summers or during extreme heat waves, the internal temperature of a greenhouse can quickly rise to a point where the plants quickly suffer
A greenhouse business is far more than growing beautiful plants.
Very generally speaking, there are three basic types of greenhouses suitable for commercial use
Rafters are the primary vertical supports of a greenhouse.
Managing a commercial greenhouse requires a two-pronged approach.
Retail locations depend on a convenient, moderately high traffic location with easy road access to bring lots of customers
Those black 3-gallon pots all look the same, no matter who ships them to you, so it’s easy to assume that their prices will be relatively similar.
Plants are continually in demand, so there is always a potential for profit in the greenhouse industry.
Your business can only succeed if you’ve chosen the right location and right setup.
Horticulture is the art of cultivating plants for food, medicinal purposes, and ornamentation
On a daily basis, basic visual checks should be conducted on the nursery ponds.
Once the nursery pond is fully prepared for a new season, it’s time to move newly developed fry to the nursery pond
In well managed nurseries, survival rates can run as high as 90%.
Since fry have pretty specific requirements to support rapid growth, most nursery ponds aren’t actually used during colder months
Liners are important elements for any ponds in your aquaculture setup, but they are particularly critical for nursery ponds
Nursery ponds are usually built to be independent of either hatching or grow ponds.
Overall nursery pond design is very flexible and while it should always be tailored to the needs of the species produced
The specific details in the life cycle of fish can vary among species, but fish generally progress through 6 stages.
Nursery ponds are one stage of a series of ponds used in aquaculture (fish production).
Typical survivalists want to be reliably independent in their food production, and that can be a tall order.