Greenhouse Crops

Greenhouse Tomatoes


This tomato has a deep rich red colour, is firm and has a delicious flavour. Good in gazpachos, sauces or as a side vegetables. Serve plain, sliced or in wedges, or sprinkled with vinaigrette – ideal for using in salads. It produces a globe to deep oblate shaped fruit and a very tidy stem scar, has a uniform green shoulder, and is very firm when red.
 
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Greenhouse Lebanese Cucumbers

Lebanese cucumbers

This sweet flavoured vegetable is smooth skinned, mild and low in acid. East skin and all! Excellent in salads.
 
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Greenhouse Capsicums

Capsicums

We grow green, red and yellow varieties. Capsicums can be eaten raw or cooked and are great for stuffing with fillings, cooked in stir-fries, or mixed in salads. They can also be pickled or added in stews and soups.
 
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Hydroponic Greenhouse Growing

Advantages of Growing in Hydroponic Systems
In horticulture, an extra problem is ‘environmental risk’ causing uncertain levels of production, difficulty in forecasting when you will have product to sell and even producing for when prices are likely to be higher. A better quality product can be achieved by eliminating adverse environmental conditions using a greenhouse:

  • Extended growing season: because the best results are obtained under cover, such as a greenhouse or polytunnel, a longer growing season is possible.
  • No soil used so no need for digging or weeding.  It also means that there are no soil-borne pests and diseases.
  • Great flavour: by feeding the plants with a complete nutrient solution which provides all the mineral nutrients needed for growth.
  • Plants grow more quickly with increased yield, giving more plants per square metre and needing a much smaller space for the same return. This is partly because hydroponically grown plants do not need to form extensive root systems, unlike soil grown plants which need to go out looking for their nutrients.  They grow many fibrous roots and take up food and water very efficiently, so they can devote more energy into foliage, flowers and fruits.  Also, the nutrient solution used provides the complete range of mineral nutrients needed for plant growth in unlimited quantities and the plants also have access to as much water as they need.
  • Suitable for using anywhere:  hydroponics can be used in places where ordinary gardening is difficult and can give high yields from a much smaller growing space. Hydroponic growing can be done indoors, outdoors, underwater and even in space!
  • Safe: ongoing concerns about food scares such as pesticide residues means that the only way to guarantee healthy, affordable, delicious fruit and vegetables is to grow them for yourself.
  • Water conservation: hydroponics uses a fraction of the water (up to 40% less) needed for conventional soil-based growing methods.  The nutrient solution is re-circulated until it is used up by the plants meaning that the only losses from the system are from evaporation. Thus 40% less fertilisers are used than soil-based production systems.
  • Space:  makes more efficient use of the growing space available.
  • Crop rotation: hydroponics doesn’t need rotation of crops.
  • Ageing population: as demographics lead us to an ever-increasing ageing population, hydroponics enables everyone to enjoy gardening no matter whether wheelchair bound or without a garden. As no digging or weeding is needed, the hard physical nature of traditional gardening is eliminated.
  • Education: hydroponics is increasingly being used by schools as an education tool. This means that an ever-growing number of young people will have the knowledge and interest in the technology of hydroponics.
  • Protection: protect crops from cold weather, hail, damaging wind and rain.
  • Pest Management: keep pests and diseases out of the crop.
  • Greater Yield: A sophisticated greenhouse can produce 15-20 times more produce than a field of the same area.