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  • I came across the October 2013 edition of 'In Greenhouses' magazine today, and it contains some interesting articles. These pieces particularly caught my eye: 'Know your physics for better greenhouse control' — dehumidifying research, looking at reducing energy use in greenhouse climate control 'Many colours influence the shape and development of the plant' — looking at the use of different coloured LED lights in horticulture. Read More...
  • A GrowSave training day led by Tim Pratt and Jon Swain from Farm Energy Centre, held at Bordon Hill Nurseries in Warwickshire. The training was aimed at ornamentals growers — particularly those who grow energy-intensive crops in late autumn and winter — with a focus on important energy issues to consider when setting up your nursery for the forthcoming season. Read More...
  • This Technical Update explores the concept of a semi-sealed greenhouse — looking at the system's advantages, its current commercial position, and how it compares with the completely-sealed greenhouse concept. Read More...
  • Common practice is to put measuring boxes in a position that is both practically convenient and which provides representative measurements of the conditions in the greenhouse. For edible crop growers this is normally at the top of the crop whereas for ornamentals growers it is just above the crop canopy. Read More...
  • Using degree day analysis enables you to account for weather and greenhouse temperature influences when looking at your energy use.  The graph below shows an example of degree day analysis Hornsfield Nursery (one of the GrowSave Focus Nurseries), beginning January 2008. Read More...