August 8, 2017
A vertical farm is no doubt a great way to cultivate as many plants as possible in a limited floor space. In fact, vertical farming is generally done along with hydroponics (but not necessarily so) and it is used to grow a variety of organic crops in all seasons. Growing towers are increasingly visible in home gardens and large commercial agricultural operations since people prefer to have organically grown and naturally ripened products that are cultivated locally. However, it has to be admitted that these gardens do have a few drawbacks that can seriously curtail productivity. Thankfully, it is very easy to overcome these drawbacks by planning the garden properly.
The biggest obstacle to the productivity of a vertical farm is the lack of sufficient sunlight. The larger the vertical farm is the greater will be
the problem of sunlight deprivation. Plants located in the center of the growing area or at the lower parts of the towers are unlikely to get enough light to enable proper photosynthesis.
Therefore, the grower needs to:
- Use full spectrum grow lights to provide sufficient light
- Stick to crops that are not nutrition intensive; leafy green plants such as lettuce, endive and kale are perfectly suited to this style of cultivation since they can do without intense light when compared to fruit plants that need bright sunlight. Herbs can also be grown very easily using this method of cultivation.
- If the garden is not too large then it is best to use light growing towers that are easy to move around. The towers can then be moved regularly to ensure that all plants get a fair share of light. This can be used to get a fine crop of tomatoes, strawberries, eggplants, cauliflower and the like.
- Use the right kind of fertilizer solution to the growing medium in order to ensure that the plants get the necessary nutrition.
The growing popularity of this type of farming has created plenty of opportunities for vertical farming companies to sell their products. Customers need to buy many vertical farming supplies in order to keep the farms in operation. However, the increased yields generally justify these costs.
Vertical farming supplies are not cheap but it is possible to recover ones investment fairly quickly because the productivity of the garden is very high as long as it is managed properly. In any case, the cost of buying organic fruit and vegetables from a store is so high that most home gardeners do not mind the investment. There are many vertical farming companies available these days and one can easily buy the necessary supplies to get started. It is best to look for a company that provides cost effective supplies.
With so many advantages it is not surprising that an increasing number of experts are promoting the concept of vertical farming nowadays. The process has already started, what with several vertical farming companies setting up shop in recent times. Vertical farming supplies are now gradually becoming more visible in markets too. It could herald a new revolution in agriculture in the near future.