DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY grow rooms are becoming extremely popular.  They’re easy to set up.  Easy to maintain.  Therefore, they have the potential to be very lucrative.

Shipping containers are an economical way to build a home, an office, or a storage facility. But now they’re a perfect solution for grow rooms.  While containers have been converted into emergency centers for disaster areas, pop-up restaurants, and even workshops, their scope is much more grand.  It’s not just a craze.  Shipping containers are beneficial as grow rooms.

Creating a container DIY grow room from a shipping containers offered by Portables360 is an effective way to grow fresh foods in areas where growing may not seem practical. DIY grow room technology, especially those for hydroponic growing systems, have advanced significantly over the last few years. Now, just about anyone with a desire to grow food can make it happen in a shipping container.  

DIY Grow Room Benefits

 

Hydroponic Growing Is Better for The Environment 

Some people want a DIY grow room because they want to grow fresh foods in an area where you cannot grow plants in the ground. If a property does not have room for a dirt garden, it may have an area where a 20′ container can be placed.  Voila!  A growing area is started. 

Others choose a shipping container grow room because it is a very cost-effective way to create a hydroponic growing system. Many growers and farmers turn to hydroponic growing because it is better for the environment. Plants are grown in a nutrient filled solution that takes a third of the water required to grow plants in the ground. The use of the solution also eliminates the need for a lot of soil for growing. This allows the soil at these farms to “heal”.  Soils become nutrient-rich again for the future. 

Using insulated shipping containers also allows the farmers and growers to manage all of the growing conditions for the plants. Plants are held at a specific temperature, moisture, and humidity level. The container row system also eliminates the need for using harmful pesticides.  They aren’t needed because the plants are being grown in a controlled environment. 

A final benefit of a container grow system is the ability to produce more food for longer periods of time. Because all of the conditions for growing the food are controlled, you will get a larger yield from your plants and can grow year-round.  The seasons will not affect the interior temperature of the container. It is a very simple solution to growing fresh foods that could help people around the world. 

Growing Beyond the Ordinary

A common use for a diy grow room is vegetables.  For sure.  Many farmers also grow marijuana in shipping containers.  The benefits are numerous.  Security is of utmost importance.  Also, privacy and quality control are paramount.  Finally, affordability rounds out the benefits.

Whether you are a traditional farmer or a new-age farmer, shipping containers offer a practical way to garden.  Portables360 has numerous options for buying or leasing a container.  In addition, they have numerous add-on options.  Call them today!

 

Garden in a Box 

Garden in a Box 

Shipping containers have become increasingly popular as an economical choice for building homes, storage units, and even health care clinics in remote destinations. Many organizations have found these upcycled containers to be perfect for transporting goods.  Setting up service centers in disaster zones is another vital use for containers. Now a new use has been found for shipping containers: farming or gardening. 

Shipping containers are a perfect solution for gardening, specialty crops, or making space to grow fresh food in an area without available land. These containers can be fitted with shelving, grow lights, watering systems, and everything else you would need to grow fresh food and specialty plants or flowers. 

shipping container upcycled as a garden

Imagine the possibilities.  

Imagine a restaurant creating a shipping container garden behind their venue so that they have “fresh to table” options. An apartment complex can start a community garden for residents to enjoy. Farmers that want to increase crop output or raise specialty crops can use containers and reserve their ground space for other plants.  

You can control the temperature and growing conditions in a shipping container much easier than having to rely on the weather. Refrigerated containers are perfectly insulated.  If you need ultra-controlled growing conditions, you can opt for a refrigerated container. 

A New Resource For Schools 

Many schools have stopped offering classes or clubs related to gardening or agriculture. Many school districts try to devote their limited space to technology and science. A shipping container garden, however, can be the perfect option to teach children how to grow their food. 

A container garden is also the perfect way to teach children the science behind growing plants, soil management and conservation.  Even teaching innovative growing methods like hydroponics is possible in a recycled shipping container. 

sprinkler watering container garden vegetables

Cost Effective Farming Method 

One of the best benefits of a shipping container garden is the fact that these containers are very affordable. It is just more cost-effective to purchase a new or used shipping container and convert it into a growing area than it is to construct a greenhouse. Everyone can benefit from how affordable these containers are when used as a place to grow crops. The durability of a mobile storage container garden versus a traditional greenhouse is also a huge benefit.

Another benefit to growing food in a recycled portable container is how quickly you can bring your crops to harvest. In a controlled growing space like a shipping container, you can bring your crops to harvest in a matter of weeks for fast-growing foods because you always control the growing conditions. You do not have to worry about pest infestations, wild animals, or drought and heat issues slowing your growing season. 

The Importance of Airflow Management in Reefer Trailers

The Importance of Airflow Management in Reefer Trailers

Airflow management in reefer trailers – It may not seem like something that an average person would think about. Airflow in a refrigerated trailer versus that in a traditional container is not something that an average person would think about. But if you are moving fresh produce or other refrigerated products, it is a very important subject.

There is a huge difference in refrigerated (reefer) trailers and containers. The air flow moves differently in each of these containers, and it makes a difference in how well the cargo is preserved. Poor air flow circulation can cause the product to be partially or entirely ruined before it arrives at its destination.

Airflow Management in Trailers vs. Containers

Airflow in a reefer trailer is pushed in through the top of the trailer and circulated from the back of the trailer to the front. Along the way, the air becomes warmer because of the distance it has to travel before being recycled through the refrigeration unit again. This means that much of the product at the front of the trailer is being held at a warmer temperature than that at the back. This can lead to product loss and contamination.

Airflow in a reefer container is handled much differently. The cold air is pumped into the container from the bottom of the unit. This is done because of the way the floors are made in the container. Known as a “T” floor, the air flows more evenly through the container and remains cooler throughout the recycling process. This results in the product being kept in a more stable and safer temperature environment.

Reefer trailers do not use the T floor in their units because of the additional weight this adds. Trailers are restricted by weight limits, and reefer trailer manufacturers would prefer more space in their trailers than more weight. So, the top airflow system is used.

Diagram of how airflow moves in cold storage containers

Peace of Mind with Containers

If you are concerned with the safety and quality of your cold storage units, you may wish to convert to cold storage or reefer containers instead of using trailers. The containers will protect the product more effectively and reduce overall spoilage.

360 Portables offers two different types of reefer containers. Each container is capable of easily maintaining a temperature of -20 degrees to 70 degrees. This allows companies to transport a wide variety of products using the same containers. Investing in refrigerated containers is a very cost-effective way to transport your product safely while reducing loss.

Building with Refrigerated Shipping Containers

Building with Refrigerated Shipping Containers

Refrigerated shipping containers offer people a chance to create something wonderful from something that is no longer used for its original purpose. Repurposing a refrigerated container for your project is cost effective and there is so much opportunity for creativity. Some of the ways you can use a shipping container include:

art studio built from a shipping container

Create An Art Studio

Refrigerated shipping containers are designed to protect its contents from temperature changes. Even if you decide not to use the refrigeration unit, the insulated walls will be perfect for protecting artwork from temperature fluctuations. Create a private studio for yourself to enjoy or have the container set up so that you can display and sell artwork. The fact that the gallery is located in a container is sure to attract many people out of curiosity alone!

Start A Specialty Garden

The insulated walls in a refrigerated container are perfect for managing specialty gardens. If you need to have complete temperature control to grow your plants, you will love how well containers work for this purpose. You can set up shelving, watering systems, and grow lights in the containers with ease. This is great for specialty flowers and plants that require extensive care to grow.  Finding interesting ways of arranging your garden will come with ease if using hooks or stands to add interest.  You can make a private oasis!

portable flower shop from a shipping container

Design A Pop-Up Flower Shop

Refrigerated containers are perfect for storing flowers. You can get a little creative with the container.  Add wheels to it so it is mobile and easily create a pop-up flower shop!  You can travel to different locations and events and spread the joy that only beautiful flowers can bring.  Maybe this can be your fun second job?

Create A Cold Spa For Beauty Routines

You have heard of Hot Yoga or thermal spas, why not create a cold spa? Cold has been shown to improve fat burning and many people find being cold for a period of time refreshing and rejuvenating. You can create a beautiful spa area where you can provide various services all while being perfectly chilled.

Take Your Office With You

Travelling hair salons is becoming a viable profession.  Many people like the convenience of not going to town for a haircut.  Others can’t drive for a beauty appointment.  With a mobile salon, you can take the beauty to your customers.  Of course, you’ll want a smaller shipping container for this purpose!

portable hair salon from a shipping container

There are many things that you can do with a refrigerated shipping container. These items are great for food storage, restaurant storage and are perfect for emergency situations and in disaster areas.

Containers are available in 10, 20, and 40-foot sizes.  One of these sizes can easily accommodate any project that you have in mind. Containers are sturdy, insulated, and able to be mounted to wheels if necessary. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create from a shipping container.