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posted by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the frozen-wasteland dept.

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Canada Banana Farms, located 200 kilometres west of Toronto in Blyth, Ont., is cultivating fruit such as papayas, pineapples, lemons, guavas, and – of course – bananas. You'd think that you'd need an advanced degree in horticulture or botany to grow fruits like these in frigid Canada, but Terry Brake's method is easy – and cheap.

[...] "We grow them in hoop houses," Brake told CTV News Channel on Friday. "And we heat it with wood all winter long." The hoop houses – essentially long sheets of polyethylene stretched over a frame – have effectively created the jungle-like conditions these fruits need to flourish. "It just feels like you're in the tropics," Brake says of his DIY greenhouses. "It's very humid in there: about 85 to 90 per cent humidity in the winter."


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  • (Score: 2) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Saturday July 30 2016, @03:14PM

    by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Saturday July 30 2016, @03:14PM (#381964)

    That only applies if the trees get re-planted though.

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  • (Score: 2) by Wierd0n3 on Saturday July 30 2016, @05:53PM

    by Wierd0n3 (1033) on Saturday July 30 2016, @05:53PM (#381999)

    depending on the locale, it may be law. i know around here, the local tree harvesters are required to plant 1.25 trees per harvested stock. this helps account for undersized trees that basically get pushed down or otherwise wasted

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @11:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @11:41PM (#382106)

    Some variation on clearcut/replant cycle is well-suited to lumber production, but it's not the only silviculture practice available. If you want an ongoing supply of wood for fuel, rather than lumber, coppicing is probably a better choice.