Over-watering could destroy your greenhouse crop
By OLIVER NDEGWA
Everyone knows water is essential for the well being of any plant but in the confines of the greenhouse, the grower has to ensure the need is met.
It is confounding that over-watering kills as many plants as under –watering. With the climate becoming unreliable, the ability to produce all-year round is an idea most farmers welcome.
But as the green trend grows, farmers are finding it more difficult to maintain the greenhouses. What was thought a blessing is now turning to a curse with one of the biggest challenges being watering.
Growing plants, whether indoor or outdoor is a product of different factors, including the right amount of sunlight the right temperature and very key: the right amount of regular water supply.
To further understand the concept lets take the case of Jack, a businessman who doubles up in farming. Fed up with dwindling yields due to climate change, Jack with the help of a local company set up a green house and bought a large water tank to ensure the plants get enough water.
Since Jack runs a business in the Nairobi, he took his most trusted farm worker through a crash course on how to take care of the plants before leaving him incharge.
A few months later Jack is counting his losses even thought he worker did everything he was told. Having paid an absurd water bill Jack made very little from his harvest. This was despite doing everything right — at least as far as he was concerned.
Here is what Jack and most farmers do not know: By choosing the right watering accessories and by taking a little care when watering, you can easily improve your overall greenhouse success.
To maintain a healthy growing environment for plants, utmost care must be taken while watering the plants. Simple mistakes that jack’ s shamba keeper made like splashing water in the greenhouse can lead to the growth of soil fungi and spread of plant diseases.
What is even worse is if the plants are under or over-watered. This is a mistake that can easily be made with manual watering leading to poor production. Spillages while carrying the water from the taps to the plants leads to excessive wastage and further on to high water bills.
So you have set up your greenhouse, your plants have been selected with care. They have been lovingly planted. Visions of a thriving greenhouse garden stream through your head.
Then it happens — you become overzealous and water too much, or you become busy, forget, oversleep or get caught up in traffic on your way from town and frequently fail to water your greenhouse. It may be beneficial and very wise to consider a self-watering device.
With this in mind Agro Tunnel International has come up with a self-watering, timed device that allows you to simply time when you precious plants get their needed water without fail or waste.
The device comes with a water tap and hose connection, union nut, LCD display that shows the time and day and a screw cover that prevents water from splashing on and spoiling the LCD screen.
Worried about extra power payment? Worry not for the device operates on two AAA batteries. The device, which costs Sh10,000, allows farmers like Jack to rectify simple watering errors, ensure your plants get water as scheduled and save on time, electricity and water.
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