Printable Planting Calendar for your Year-Round Greenhouse

Ceres Greenhouses are designed to grow year-round Factors like day length, greenhouse temperature and grower experience will affect what types of plants thrive in your greenhouse at different times of the year. With a little planning, it is entirely possible to execute a planting schedule that will allow you to harvest food from your greenhouse…

Quality versus Quantity – Which is More Important for Greenhouse Lighting Optimization?

Developing a greenhouse lighting strategy for your grow operation might seem overwhelming. How much do I need to use greenhouse supplemental lighting? Does light intensity matter? What about the light spectrum? In this blog we will break down some of these complex questions. Specifically we will address: Defining quantity of light Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density…

6 Common Greenhouse Pests and How to Manage Them

Pest and disease outbreaks in a greenhouse are a serious pain and can get out of hand if they aren’t addressed properly. Because this is such a prevalent issue within the greenhouse community, we’ve created this article on how to identify and manage 6 of the most common greenhouse pests. But before we get into…

Thinking About Growing Strawberries In A Greenhouse?

Strawberries are a delectable fruit which makes them one of the most valuable fruits to grow. Out of season, they are almost impossible to find and if you are lucky finding them, they can be very expensive. In season, while they are more readily available, they can be relatively expensive.  So, what’s one way to…

Growing Plants with Carbon Dioxide

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Carbon dioxide (CO2): The Basics  Introduction 1 - Different types of plants, different biological processes 2 - C3 plants: the importance of CO2  supplementation 3 - Supplying CO2 - Considerations 4 - Injection techniques 5 - Estimating the cost of CO2 6 - Injecting CO2 can be more cost effective than supplement…

Thinking About “Plant Diet”

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Managing a perfect growing environment is challenging and is the topic of much research. We know that the environment dictates the efficiency of these chemical and physical processes/reactions. As shown below, the environment can be divided into 9 main parameters called the nine cardinal parameters: CO2, temperature, humidity, light, wind, oxygen in…

A Pandemic, a Canadian Greenhouse, and Training Consumers to Buy Local

All around the world, the food industry has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Fortunately, there have been some positive food-related trends from the pandemic like local and urban farms becoming more popular, and more individuals and families growing their own food. It is at least heartening to see some strengthening of…

Major Shifts in Food Security in the Time of COVID-19

As supermarkets empty and restaurants close, we are forced to confront the security of our food system. This is an important time for major shifts on the supplier and consumer end to support a market that is changing daily. So what sort of changes are we seeing and how can we adapt?   Local/Small Scale…

Greenhouses For a Better World (And Not For Fear)

Let’s be clear. We do not want to downplay the seriousness of the corona virus worldwide pandemic. This is a serious threat and should be treated as such.  The resultant turbulence has given us at Ceres great pause. This is a chance to evaluate who we are as a company, what we stand for and…