GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS – how I automate the environment

GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS - how I automate the environment

GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS – how I automate the environment

Today we discuss how to create a tropical environment in a greenhouse in the UK. We look at greenhouse heating and how it’s controlled; we discuss greenhouse ventilation and how that can be automated; we look at a low-cost temperature controller; controllers for fans and lighting; we discuss auto louvres for windows; we look at shading, water and electricity supply; we discuss the hydro-fogger humidifier and the humidistat; finally, we look at propagators.

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0:00 GREENHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS – how I automate the environment: INTRO
1:06 How to provide ventilation and air movement in a tropical greenhouse
5:19 Which greenhouse heater should I buy?
6:03 How do you control the heat in a greenhouse?
11:26 How do work out greenhouse heating costs?
14:18 How do you control the humidity in a greenhouse?
19:00 Can you get automatic openers for greenhouse louvre windows?
24:20 Using a hydrofogger to control the humidity in a greenhouse

(When available, I use affiliate links and may earn a small commission, but these are all products I’ve used and been reasonably happy with.)

*** GEAR I USE ***

1.5m wide, triple laminated, UV resistant bubble wrap with 25mm bubbles:
PVC Strip Insulation curtain:
UV and weather resistant clear tape:
Bulldog clips – pack of 10:
1 way single socket extension 5 metre cable:
Thermal insulated door curtain:
Greenhouse heater 2KW:
Power meter:
‘Analogue’ electrical timers:
12 inch fan (3 speeds):
Brush draft excluder for doors:
Greenhouse shading (55% shade):
Powerful 18 inch floor fan (3 speeds):
Foam draft excluder (for around windows):
Outside Tap Pipe heating cable:
Orchid wax tubes for Autovent openers:

Mars hydro TS 1000 grow light:
Mars Hydro TS 600 grow light:

Inkbird Humidity Controller:
Inkbird Temperature Controller:
Technoline mobile temperature monitor (sends alerts to your phone):
Teckin Smart plugs (2 pack):

Moisture meter:
Downpipe guttering for greenhouses:
Double-set rainwater collection barrels:

500 ml Neem Oil:
7 whitefly traps:
Vine weevil killer:
Systemic insect spray:
Organic slug & snail pellets:

Black gravel trays (no holes) 344 x 214 x 52mm:
Precision pruners:
New Zealand long-fibred Sphagnum Moss:
Clear fishing line (for mounting):
Plant fertiliser sticks:
Liquid calcium (for orchid feed):

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