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Greenhouse Farming
Kahuna
#1 Posted : Saturday, November 05, 2016 9:54:11 PM
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Hi fellow Wazuans

I wish to start small scale greenhouse farming in ongata rongai. I wish to start small with a 8 X 15 Greenhouse from Amiran and I already have a borehole so water is guaranteed.

My initial thoughts were to grow tomatoes an I even got a soil analysis done. However, I gather that tomatoes have lots of marketing challenges.

I m now thinking of capsicums as an alternative and wish to find out how marketable they are. Any wise counsel ?

Thanks in advance.
Gathige
#2 Posted : Sunday, November 06, 2016 1:17:41 PM
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An agronomist friend once told me a 8 by 15 is too small to make any economic sense, except for Amiran the marketers.

Try sukuma wiki and spinach on an open field drip nose that you have water. Both are easy to grow and s good entry point in the market. Once in, explore other crops. Avoid high value crops for a start.

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Kahuna
#3 Posted : Monday, November 07, 2016 6:18:01 PM
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Noted and thanks Gathige.

Any more ideas/advice is still welcome.
bennry
#4 Posted : Monday, November 14, 2016 10:25:06 AM
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who has tried mint farming. i hear there is a huge market especially for women who are trying to get rid of 'Michelin'. Ati its a wonder slimming herb?
its2013
#5 Posted : Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:48:15 PM
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I suggest you visit several greenhouse farms doing tomatoes and capsicums. Have an objective list of what to assess/evaluate. And don't be in a rush, revisit them after some months and see how they are doing especially those that are start-ups.

Tomatoes are all about timing the right season which is tough because everyone seems to end up timing the same seasons. The prices swing unbelievably. The positive side is that with greenhouse tomatoes you sell steadily through several seasons and get chances to recover from bad prices.

Gathige's advice up there #2 is very real and valuable.
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Swenani
#6 Posted : Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:02:05 PM
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bennry wrote:
who has tried mint farming. i hear there is a huge market especially for women who are trying to get rid of 'Michelin'. Ati its a wonder slimming herb?

get a broker first before you venture into nyanya, cabbage, carrots, onions first-otherwise you will be seling them from your car boot or on a wheelbarrow
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Coolio
#7 Posted : Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:09:22 PM
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Can i get roofless greenhouse?
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majimaji
#8 Posted : Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:03:22 AM
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Swenani wrote:
bennry wrote:
who has tried mint farming. i hear there is a huge market especially for women who are trying to get rid of 'Michelin'. Ati its a wonder slimming herb?

get a broker first before you venture into nyanya, cabbage, carrots, onions first-otherwise you will be seling them from your car boot or on a wheelbarrow


Word.
Boris Boyka
#9 Posted : Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:58:25 AM
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Coolio wrote:
Can i get roofless greenhouse?

A fenced plot is what you're looking for.
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chemirocha
#10 Posted : Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:01:46 PM
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Boris Boyka wrote:
Coolio wrote:
Can i get roofless greenhouse?

A fenced plot is what you're looking for.


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Impunity
#11 Posted : Sunday, March 12, 2017 6:30:09 PM
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chemirocha wrote:
Boris Boyka wrote:
Coolio wrote:
Can i get roofless greenhouse?

A fenced plot is what you're looking for.


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No...he is looking for a greenhouse whose roof is blown away for easy harvesting.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:10:01 PM
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#13 Posted : Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:20:50 PM
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