In a sprawling greenhouse facility situated just off Route 100 in Dublin, the roots are starting to anchor into the soil as the vines continue to grow up for the new industry Pulaski has set for himself.
The state of the art greenhouse is one of the biggest in North America, according to Jay Abbott who is also the location’s Director of Operations.
The greenhouse is a basically a man made ecosystem where the natural system can be mimicked. “In order for a greenhouse to be fully functional, it needs to have the proper lighting, heating, irrigation, and soil maintenance,” said Abbot. “A lot of greenhouse owners often aim to make their mini ecosystem much better than what nature can provide and fine tune to the point where in the greenhouse will produce the maximum output for the least possible input,” he added.
A greenhouse basically has four basic subsystems and these include sunlight, heat, water, and soil nutrients. Sunlight is the cheapest composition of these subsystems because you can easily obtain it for free.
As long as you are able to create a greenhouse where it can receive most of the sunlight all throughout the day, you will not need any devices to harness the sun’s energy unless it is winter. Sunlight becomes an issue during this season because the day is often shortened and the sky is always cloudy. This is the time wherein an artificial lighting will come handy in order for your plants to carry on with their natural process of photosynthesis.
And while sunlight is by far the cheapest, the heating system for your greenhouse could be the most expensive. Your heating system must have an efficient thermostat you can carefully control the room temperature. You will not need the heater during summer season but it is a different case on winter. You must regularly monitor the temperature and humidity in the greenhouse as well as outdoors.
Water also plays a vital role because it is responsible for carrying soil nutrients to the roots of the plants. It is also important during photosynthesis wherein the plants manufacture their food in order to facilitate growth. The air inside the greenhouse must have the proper moist level depending on the types of crops, flowers, or other plants being grown.
Manual watering may not be enough for the rapid growth of plants and you may need an automatic watering system to make sure your plants get ample irrigation. You can use a timer to set off your watering system at the precise time your plants need irrigation. But this must also depend on the growing conditions of your plants as well as its growth stage. To maintain the moist in the air, you can use automated misting systems or put a mini water reservoir inside your greenhouse.
“To reduce your heating bills particularly during winter, you can use a good insulation system for your greenhouse,” Abbot said.