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Need to Know greenhouse Product Spotlight:

Warm Water
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Save energy and get healthier crops with a DELTA-TEMP warm water irrigation system.
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Executing a Successful Greenhouse Upgrade
The third and final part in our series on greenhouse retrofits looks at planning the system upgrade and getting it done right.

greenhouse CADYou've determined you're ready for a greenhouse upgrade, you've got the financing in place, and now you're finally ready to implement the changes. But actually carrying out the retrofit often is the most overwhelming part of the project, especially when your livelihood depends on getting your operation back up and running as soon as possible. So how do you make sure everything goes smoothly so your business doesn't miss a beat? It's all in the planning, says Richard Brigati, owner of White Post Farms in Melville, N.Y. "Without planning, you don't stand a chance," he says. "You'll just constantly be putting Band-Aids on things."

Proper Planning
White Post Farms grows a mix of annuals and perennials at its 3-acre operation. The majority of the plant material is grown for White Post's garden center, but the operation also sells to landscapers, nonprofit groups and other garden centers. When Brigati decided it was time for a greenhouse heating system upgrade, he turned to Delta T Solutions for a radiant floor heat system covering about half an acre. The system allows White Post to grow earlier-season annuals.

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Best Practices greenhouse

Be Prepared for a Flood
Minimize greenhouse damage caused by flooding with these tips.

Extreme weather can affect anyone at any time. While it's unavoidable, proper preparation can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major disaster. The good news is that forecasters can fairly accurately predict rainfall, and there are some things you can do to protect your greenhouse if heavy rain is imminent.

"If you've got plants [in the greenhouse], you want to remove the plants," says John Bartok, extension professor emeritus and agricultural engineer at the University of Connecticut. He also suggests removing any loose items in the greenhouse, as well as boiler gas burners that could be damaged by water.

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