Australia is home to a growing community of greenhouse horticulturists and food growers. This steadily expanding group of agriculturists leaves room for much growth.
Greenhouse manufacturers can help address issues in open field cultivation of crops through their targeted assistance in construction and supply of greenhouse spare parts. Read on to learn the basics in greenhouse cultivation and trends in Australia.
Australia as a Home to Agricultural Innovation
Australia is among the largest nations of the world. It is replete with open fields and burgeoning open farm produce markets that come with their own fair share of problems. Small local markets face some quality and supply issues while large open farms try earnestly to meet these demands. This is where the popular greenhouse cultivation plays an important role.
Primarily, care must be taken that greenhouses are constructed accurately and are maintained with minimal downtime by ensuring that greenhouse spares are always in stock. Covered cultivation inside greenhouses negates the disadvantages of open field cultivation of crops.
Crops are protected from harsh climatic conditions and are kept out of reach of pests and other animals. In greenhouses, smaller batches of produce can be grown in a temperature-controlled environment with higher harvesting frequency round the year.
What is a greenhouse?
A greenhouse is a supporting structure, usually made of non-corrosive materials that are clad in some kind of transparent or semitransparent material to grow plants in a controlled environment. In other words, a greenhouse is a shelter where plants are grown.
Based on the material used, a greenhouse assumes different names. Glass greenhouses are called glasshouses. Plastic greenhouses are often called ‘Polyhouses’. Semipermeable materials and woven fibers help construct a ‘shade or screen house’. Different materials demand different greenhouse construction equipment and spares.
Every alternate year, Protected Cropping Australia organises a special meeting of like-minded greenhouse cultivators. In 2017 alone, nearly seven large tomato producers grew the crop in a protected greenhouse expanse that totaled to about 150 hectares. This number is probably higher for various other crops across the nation. The growing trend in greenhouse cultivation has given rise to an increasing number of hobbyists who grow produce in greenhouses.
Choosing Greenhouse Materials
An experienced greenhouse manufacturer can guide you through your choice of greenhouse materials, size of the covered area, and types of crops suitable for your geographical locale. They will also help maintain your greenhouse with timely replacement of spare parts.
When you meet a greenhouse manufacturer, be aware of the following considerations:
What is the shape and design of your greenhouse? It will help you determine how much light and air are allowed into the structure. Efficient use of construction materials will determine the amount of moisture loss from condensation, help assess how much heating will be required to provide a suitable environment for your crop and foretell the cost of the greenhouse itself.
A greenhouse manufacturer is well versed in topographical influences on plant growth. They will support your crop cultivation process not only during construction of the greenhouse but also after the construction.
Many manufacturers provide easy to use greenhouse kit sets. They also deploy trained gardeners who will visit your cultivation plot and help maintain your greenhouses, perform crop growth assessments and even replace greenhouse spares where necessary.
If you are a farmer looking to expand your business or simply a newbie who has suddenly sprouted a green thumb, the greenhouse is your positive refuge for success.