Month: February 2016

5 Steps Can Help You in Finding the Best Polytunnel for Your Area

download (4)Agriculture and horticulture, both are the business types which need some kind of solution that can protect the crops from odd weather condition. The best solution which can tolerate the harsh weather condition efficiently is the Poly tunnel. You can buy the one for your residential property- if you have a garden in your home. Several other types of businesses also buy these tunnels for varied storage needs.

If you are thinking to spend money on a Polyethylene shade, then consider a few tips that can help you in buying the best product for agricultural or horticultural needs.

What you Need?

Every product is designed to meet with the specific requirements of individuals or businesses. These tunnels are also designed to provide protection from the storm, heat, rain, and winter. If you are planning to buy a tunnel, then first ask yourself a few questions. What are the requirements? Why need the shade? What type of area you want to cover? You should be very clear about your requirements to get the best solution. What if you want to raise seed or keep your garden frost-free in winter? Hence, it is always good to buy a product which can best match with your needs.

Check the Size:

Before you buy, you should make sure about the size of the area which you want to cover and size of the tunnel which will be covering that area. Measure the specific area and the tunnel also to get the best fit. Keep the scalability in mind before making the purchase. If there are chances of expanding the area in the future for growth, then opt for the suitable size of cover which can fulfill your growing requirements in future.

Is it Accessible Enough?

The accessibility should also be one of the main concerns while choosing a shade. How many plants you can grow and how much floor space will you have for the work? Do you need the water supply nearest to the tunnel or electricity for heating? A tunnel should also have the space for one or two persons to move around. Keep all these points in mind for accessibility before buying a product.

Types of Cover:

Covers generally come in several varieties and have several variants according to the material. Each is designed to solve various growing purposes. PVC, netting, Polyethylene are a few types of materials which are used to design these tunnels to provide protection from UV rays and cool wind. On the other side, they are categorized broadly into two types. One has continuous arc and named cross-sectional. Another has straight sides and arcs across the top. You can choose the one which can meet with your functional requirements. Choose the best type of cover which can offer the best result for your agriculture or horticulture needs.

Location of Installation:

Make sure about the evenness of the area where you are going to install the tunnel. The area should be in level; however, a slight slope in the length can be ignored.

These steps can help you in finding the best polytunnel for your area. You should conduct proper research about the manufacturer or supplier and the product quality. Make sure that the types of shade product you are going to buy for your property have adequate ventilation to help plants in growing.

 

Gardening: How to Save Water

download (3)You may think that plants only need water but the truth is that they need much more. There are different ways to look after your garden without using thousands of litres of water per day. Here are some ways that you may find helpful.

Covering your garden in compost not only gives the plants maximum nutrients they need to survive but it also locks the moisture in. If there is moisture in the sand you don’t need to water it every day. Plus, over-watering plants could drown them and kill them.

Any water that does not contain heavy duty cleaning chemicals will be satisfactory for your garden. So you can recycle the water if you don’t want to throw it down the drain. Dishwashing liquid isn’t harmful to your garden and you can use that water to feed your grass every day.

You can also recycle water you use for your cooking. Water used to clean your vegetables is the safest since the most irritating component is the sand from the leaves. This only bothers your taste buds and is not harmful to plants. Water from boiling food such as pasta and vegetables is also harmless. Just make sure that the water is no longer boiling hot when you pour it into your garden.

If you plant flowers closer to each other, less water will be used in one area. Although plants need space to grow roots, small spaces can bring your bill down by quite a bit.

If you have trees in your garden, make sure that you plant your seeds in the shade of the tree. If your garden is cool and doesn’t have constant sunlight drying it up, less water is needed to keep them alive.

Collecting rain water will be useful to water your garden. If it were to rain you will have enough water for another day. Keep a barrel close to any drainage systems and gutters. You will be surprised how much water you collect from the wet weather.

Buy an attachment for your hosepipe that has a larger range and uses water sparingly. The more concentrated the area to which the water goes to, the more water you are using for just one plant. With a wider range attachment less water is being used because of the built in separation system.

Create walkways in your garden or add a patio. You can add patio tiles which will require less grass to be planted and thus use less water.

With prices increasing in every area of society, it’s becoming expensive to own a garden and maintain all the plants. Save water and save money.

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4 Solutions to Farming in High Salinity Soils

downloadSalinity is the measure of the total amount of soluble salt in the soil. As the amount of salt increases, it becomes more difficult for the plant to extract the water out of the soil.

High salinity soils in farms and gardens is becoming a worldwide problem. High concentrations of salt impact crops in a number of ways, from a reduction in yield all of the way to total crop failure.

In fact, the United Nations “estimates that 2,000 hectares of farmland (nearly 8 square miles) of farmland is ruined daily by salt degradation. So far, nearly 20 percent of the world’s farmland has been degraded, an area approximately the size of France.”

The rest of this article will discuss 4 solutions to farming in high salinity soils. While there are other methods used, these are the most common and generally the most successful.

Improving Drainage and Leaching

First, if adequate water sources and good drainage are available, the soils can be washed (leached) to remove the excess salt. Drainage is an absolute must, because the water must move through soil and not just run off the surface.

Select and Plant Salt Tolerant Crops

Plants widely vary in their salt tolerance. One method to control saline soils is to plant crops that have a high salt tolerance. Crops selection varies greatly by climate so check with your local farm extension bureau to determine the appropriate crops in your area.

Use Biofertilizers containing Bacillus subtilis GB03.

Biofertilizers are living microorganisms that are used to help plants grow more efficiently. Biofertilizers take advantage of microbe plant interactions. These interactions are synergistic. In other words, they are beneficial for both the plant and the microorganism.

One beneficial microorganism that is used for high salinity soils is Bacillus subtilis GB03. This particular microorganism is a bacteria that was found in soils that had a high salt concentration. B. subtilis GB03 have been shown to promote growth promotion and reduce some types of plant stress. This bacterium is also helpful for the plant in seed germination. Additionally, it has proved valuable in both drought and salt tolerance.

Applying Chemical Treatments

Applying chemical treatments is another way to treat high salinity soils. However, this method can be time consuming and expensive. It is best to consult with an expert before trying to chemically treat your soils to reduce salinity.

 

How to Use the Drip Irrigation Properly

download (18)In the summer, plants might die of thirst since water is really important to plants. And we should water the plants properly as they need lots of water. In view of that, to grow your plants properly, you should make sure that your plants can get enough water. There is no denying that the garden irrigation could make everything much easier and more convenient for you. However, how to use the garden irrigation properly might also be a difficult task for the beginner. Don’t worry. I have got you covered. In this article, I am going to show you how to use the garden irrigation.

Advantages of Using Drip Irrigation

Compared to the traditional irrigation as using the nozzle or watering cans, the garden irrigation could save water and fertilize the soil by dripping water slowly to the roots of plants or the soil surface. And the drip irrigation could also cool the area down by the water evaporation. And as you get the drip irrigation installed, what you have to do is to turn on the garden irrigation and leave it behind, which could save your time. And most of the drip irrigation could be equipped with a timer, which could turn on the drip irrigation system automatically. What’s more, there are some people said that the drip irrigation could improve the soil constitution. In short, you should give it a shot.

How to Use

It might be easy to install the irrigation system, but to use it properly might be a difficult task. The drip irrigation is a little bit expensive, so you have to think it over. As installing the irrigation system, make sure the dripper is as close as possible to the soil surface. The pipes and the dripper might get clogged easily if the water contains too much dirt. So, the water filter or the filtration would be really important to avoid this kind of problem. And you should figure out how much water your plants need for a day, and make sure you have provided adequate water for your plants. And the water requirements would change differently as the weather change. If your plants need lots of water, you should better expand the irrigation time. As one of those common senses, you couldn’t water your plants at noon, and it will be better to water your plant in the morning or toward evening.