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Watercrest Engineering Greenhouse

Small Garden Model

This greenhouse is equipped to grow about 200 plants when incorperated with our vertical system.

After years of experience exploring the Commercial and Domestic Greenhouse market, we have designed and fabricated a quality DIY product to meet the needs of the avid gardener.

Small Garden Model

Merry Xmas to all our customers who grow their own food.

Watercrest Engineering Greenhouse

Small Garden Model

So here's a 3 x 4 watercrest greenhouse we put up for a customer last week.
As we sell these as DIY kits its good for us to install one now and then.
This is where we see how to make improvements, and what problems you the customer might have with your own installation. We have short instructional videos on the assembly process. And are available on the phone to talk you through anything you're not clear on .
We built the above greenhouse in 4.5 hours. 3 men and two step ladders .

All our greenhouses are built in our own engineering factory and we can produce from the smallest garden unit to huge farm tunnels, just give us call.

Greenhouses / tunnels

Firstly, why grow in a greenhouse tunnel?

Well, by growing in a greenhouse one is creating a controlled environment for the crops whereby temperature changes are not so sudden, rain is kept out so irrigation is controlled and your fertilisers are not washed away. Pests such as monkeys, goats, grasshoppers etc. are kept out. Humidity is higher generally a condition favourable to plants. Wind damage is limited, a strong wind can deflower the plants which will result in complete crop failure. Hail damage, although big enough hail will destroy the plastic. It will protect against the lighter stuff.  Different grade plastic is available  for hail belts however it adds significantly to the cost.

Popular uses for greenhouses include the following:

Hydroponics, aquaponics,  aeroponics, drip irrigation systems.

All the above are ways to produce high crop yields  in a smaller more controlled environment and have significant advantages to growing in an open field, this is of course why commercial growers use greenhouses.

Structural features of our greenhouses

All of our units have a domed top which allows the hot air to collect as high above the crop as we could make it, the arches are curved in tight enough radius to allow excellent water run off with zero pooling.

Below the arches we have a horizontal crop support bar , this enables us to string wires that can support trellising crops like tomatoes that grow tall . it also adds enormously to the strength of the tunnel.

Our legs are vertical, which means that working space is right up to the side of the greenhouse with no dead space in corners.

All of our frames are galvanised steel and made to bolt together on site , no welding required and only basic D.I.Y. tools are needed.

We have a lockable door , and the gable ends are covered with 40% shadenet. This does two things, it allows the plants to breathe and the hot air to escape, it also keeps out most insects.

Our plastics

We supply a 150 micron multi layered film  with most of our units , upgraded plastics are available for special requirements however for economy purposes we generally provide the 150 micron entry level plastic. This being said , even the entry level plastic carries a three year warranty against u.v. degradation and it is a 5 layer film. ( isn’t technology wonderful)

Our plastics are secured to the framework with a locking profile and wire system , it is the very best way to secure plastic film, fairly easy to install and never… ever pulls loose.

Assembly

Our frames are all bolt together and only basic tools are required one would need.

Spanners, a electric drill, preferably a battery drill, a tek screw driver, step  ladders, scissors, sidecutters, hammer, and spade .

Our greenhouses are intended to be for D.I.Y. assembly and most folks can manage , with a little help from their friends.

The “ideal range” is a bit bigger and for those a little worried about tackling the installation on their own help is available and would be quoted on separately depending on location etc.

Videos of the assembly process are available for step by step instructions

And of course we always answer the phone .

The concept of D.I.Y. assembly is to save the customer money if possible and full training can be given to anyone wishing to be an installer ( job creation)

THE WATERCREST RANGE:

These are our babies, lightweight and strong with all the features of a bigger greenhouse .

A size to fit most gardens and priced to fit a tight budget. This is the game changer for domestic/urban farming.

Available in 3 popular sizes:

  • 3 meters wide x 2 meters long x .3 meters high
  • 3 meters wide x 4 meters long  x 2.3 meters high
  • 3 meters wide x 6 meters long x 2.3 meters high
Green house Garden House by Watercrest in Durban South Africa
Green house Garden House by Watercrest in Durban South Africa
Green house Garden House by Watercrest in Durban South Africa

3 meters wide x 4 meters long  x 2.3 meters high

The Ideal Range

These bad boys are for the small holder or much bigger garden.

Would suit the aquaponics application well as there is more room for fishtanks.

5.3 meters wide and 3.2 meters high. bays set at 3 meters apart

Popular sizes have been 6 meters long and 12 meters long

Assembly tools required much the same as the watercrest range, with the  addition of scaffolding.

Once again , self-assembly  could save you some money however help is always available .

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