Traditional Open Field Farming vs Greenhouse Cultivation
For those of us who have tried [and failed] to plant vegetables in the farm or in our backyards, it’s clear that something that seems so easy turns out to be so difficult. The excitement of successfully germinating seeds and watching the development of promising young seedlings quickly turns into disappointment after transplanting into soils or containers.
You noticed that in just a few days there’s an infestation of many different kinds of insects, pests, and birds, enjoying the fresh young vegetables you have provided for them. Then you’ve also experienced an unexplainable wilting of leaves, discoloration of stems, and when you’ve pulled the plant up, the roots look black and rotten.
Or even worse, when the plant has survived long enough to produce fruits, you’ve seen many tiny crawlers and worms inside your precious produce, making your lengthy endeavors a big waste of time.
Or how about losing an entire crop due to heavy rains and storms or burned by too much sun?
OPEN FIELD FARMING
Open field cultivation is the traditional method of farming. To be successful, the soil has to be rich in nutrients, free of disease, pH balanced, and consists of good soil composition. Managing the environmental hazards is paramount to getting the best probabilities of success. Generous applications of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides are often required to keep the plants alive. We often hesitate to buy pesticides knowing full well the dangers involved in consuming the vegetables, but we don’t think twice when we’re buying vegetables at the market or ordering a salad at a restaurant.
Greenhouses offer control over the environment where your crops grow. Not only does it protect against bugs and birds, you will have more control over the temperature, humidity, irrigation, and light. You can create the right conditions for your plants to prosper, without the use of harmful pesticides, so you can be assured of the healthy quality of your vegetables. If you plan on being a commercial grower, using a greenhouse, you can actually predict your expected yield and analyze the variables of plant growth.
The cost of setting up a greenhouse is quickly turned over into profit using the right grow system coupled with taking a methodological approach in the production process. Like any commercial activity, investments must be made to create the right conditions to profit. An investment in greenhouses is the next logical step for those with an ardent passion for growing plants seeking to earn additional income.