In these days of erratic climate change and unpredictable weather, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to grow a successful crop outdoors where you risk the wrath of the elements. An unexpected heatwave or hailstorm can ruin a crop you have toiled over for months in just a matter of minutes!
To ensure their crop’s success, an increasing number of farmers and growers are turning to indoor horticulture to provide a safe, controlled oasis for their plants to survive and thrive in. The perfect place to accomplish this is in one of these excellent, highly durable storage sheds that come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit any farmer’s specific needs. These sturdy buildings can be erected in a few short hours and underneath their protective roof, you will be able to grow anything in any season at the temperature you prefer, safe from the whims of weather and fate!
Let’s take a look at the basics of setting up this indoor Eden:
Every living plant requires light to some degree, some need a lot, and some need very little. Plants living inside a grow shed will need you to determine their light needs, then provide them artificially. In recent years, LED (light emitting diodes) have become the number one lighting choice of indoor growers due to their high-quality spectrum output, cool burning temperatures, and low energy consumption, making them the best possible replacement for natural sunlight at a fraction of the cost that older style bulbs required.
Most plants require soil as the medium to spread their roots into in search of food and water. The first thing you will need to determine is going to be the specific requirements of the plants you want to grow in relation to the soil you will provide for them. Some plants prefer a light, airy peat moss and perlite mix, while others like it a bit dense and damp, for which a heavy mixture of clay and sand will suit best. It’s very important that you have the right consistency soil with drainage appropriate to your desired plants.
There are a multitude of plant species in existence, and all of them have unique needs and preferences regarding the most essential building block of life, water. It’s vital that you have detailed knowledge of how much water your plants require as well as its temperature and chemical elements like acidity and hardness. Too much water can result in rotten roots and drooping leaves, while not enough water will surely kill a plant if relief doesn’t come soon. An automated watering system is recommended that can be programmed to deliver this precious substance in the correct amounts at the proper times to ensure your plants thrive!
Plants need to eat just like we do, although they go about it in a different way! Make sure to supplement their water and soil with all the life-giving nutrients they require to grow and be healthy.
When entering into an agricultural business it’s always important to check with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for laws and practices that might affect your plans. Good luck with your indoor farming!