If you are planning to operate a vertical farm at home, then you may wonder just how easy it is to do. Hopefully, this page is going to help you out.
Firstly; it is worth noting that perhaps the hardest part of running a vertical farm is the actual ‘set-up’ of the farm. There are plenty of designs for home vertical farms on the internet, but they will require some pretty specialist equipment to ensure that everything works as it should. It is important that you choose a quality plan for your vertical farm, otherwise you will make things a whole lot more difficult for yourself in the long run. Most of the cost of a vertical farm can be found in the actual construction of the farm. While there will be a few long-term expenses, they will not be that extravagant. If you set up your farm well, then the value of the produce will far outweigh the actual cost of running the farm.
If you want to make things as easy as possible for yourself, then it is important that you know the needs of each crop that can be found in your vertical farm. Since they will likely be sharing the same heating and lighting system, it is important that the crops are similar in terms of their needs. Obviously, you do not want to be growing ‘cold weather’ crops in an environment which has been made from crops which thrive in more tropical climates. Once you know the needs of the plant, then it will simply be a case of trying to replicate the environment that they grow in. This means turning the lights and heat on at the right times. It is not that much of a hassle once you start to get into the swing of things.
Most of the maintenance tied to a vertical farm at home will be related to dealing with pests. Big commercial farms do not have to deal with pests as they invest a lot into technology to keep the pests out. While some of this technology is available to people who are building vertical farms at home, it is probably not worth investing in it as you will (most likely) not be profiting from your venture. Instead, you will want to try and deal with pests using traditional methods. For example; you may want to use a sprayer. There are also organic options. Of course, since this will be a sealed unit, the number of pests getting into it will be minimal, but they will appear, so you will need to keep tabs on that.
So, in summary, once you have actually built your vertical farm, the effort that you put into maintaining it will be minimal. There will be next-to-no effort required on your part. You will need to check on the farm on a daily basis to ensure that everything is ticking over as much as possible, but this will take a couple of minutes, if that.