5 Tricky Mistakes To Avoid When Growing Microgreens

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Growing microgreens is one of the best ways to make money on fast-turning crops. But there are some easy beginner mistakes that a lot of people make that can cost you cash and waste time. Don’t fall for common microgreen mistakes!

5 mistakes to avoid when growing microgreens

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The Easiest Way To Do Aquaponics in Your Living Room

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Aquaponics epitomizes the beauty of the closed loop production model, but it’s a little hard to get into. Here, Brian walks you through the easiest way to get up and running with decent yields from a DIY aquaponics system for your living room.

Easy home aquaponics

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Growing Microgreens-6 Figures From A Shipping Container [Interview]

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Chris Thoreau of blew the lid off the microgreens business…literally. He cut the top off of a shipping container to make an insulated greenhouse and started making 6 figures in yearly sales. In this interview, he talks about:

  • Why the shipping container makes sense for him… but probably not you
  • Why microgreens (they’re so damn simple!) and how to choose microgreen seed suppliers
  • Annoying first steps: “You need to plan for success”

growing microgreens in a shipping container?

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Garage to Grow House #2

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More progress pictures for this garage to vertical farm conversion. I’ve been steadily filling out the inside with everything a farm needs – grow racks, ventilation, lighting – and getting started planting. What are you missing in your farm? Click through to find out!

progress pictures from building a vertical farm

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Vertical Farming Market estimated at $1.15 B and projected at $6.31 B in 2022

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Vertical farming is going to make people money. It is one of the fastest growing segments of the ag tech industry. The global vertical farming market is estimated to have been $1.15 billion in 2015 and some market researchers say it is poised to reach $6.31 billion by 2022.

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With any sort of market report, it’s always super hard to verify if their information is good. It’s also very difficult to know if analysts are setting appropriate parameters for defining and calculating what that market is. However, Wise Guy Reports new analysis shows fairly large growth. (Editor’s note: I do not recommend buying this report, but it is useful to signify market growth)

To put all of this in perspective with the conventional greenhouse industry, just the market for the plastic film used for high tunnels and some types of greenhouses is estimated to grow to $4.7 billion in the same period of time. Many large-scale greenhouses aren’t even made out of plastic!

So, vertical farming is almost trivial compared to the global greenhouse market despite the fact that there is some overlap.