Informational Guide on the Duskwork's Greenhouse and trivia on previous usage from the Ad Astra Landings.
Greenhouses are used to grow food. They are essential in any homestead being operated on Mars, be it the vast acre wide farmlands of Ad Astra Development Zone or the smaller more independent greenhouses operated by Duskworks.
Why do we need to grow food instead of just shipping it to Mars? Food is heavy, and growing it on the planet itself means we don't have to rely on our sister planet to keep our colonies alive. While greenhouse buildings themselves may be easier to construct due to the lower atmospheric pressure, plants will have a harder time staying alive as they have a harder time handling hypobaria. https://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/livingthings/25feb_greenhouses.html
For Duskwork's Greenhouses you'll need to supply them with filtered water, stored power, and soil, along with seeds.
The first greenhouses on the Martian surface used small aeroponic farms, but when the Metis Shield advanced further and traditional farming techniques became cheaper than large complex aeroponics fields, most greenhouses moved to soil-based growing. Some aeroponic fields still exist near the center of the Ad Astra Development Zone. Tourism is quite popular in these old aeroponics labs.
You can get seeds from several sources in the game, including Seed Packs, Scavenging, and the in-game marketplace.
You will need a higher level greenhouse in order to grow the higher quality crops.
Greenhouse Building Level
Greenhouse Building Size (Gen 1)
Greenhouse Building Size (Gen 2)
Let's take a look at a couple of these recipes so you can see how it works.
All the recipes in the greenhouses follow the same process, we just need different resources. First thing you are going to notice is the "FILL IRRIGATION" button.
On top of needing power like any other building, the greenhouse also needs water. You can see the water storage specification above the power storage one.
In the example below, I'm filling up my greenhouse with water only once. This takes 20 Water. Of course, you can irrigate your greenhouse with water more than once. You can adjust the counter to the number of irrigation you would like to do.
Below, you see that the water storage is now 20/250! Let's keep irrigating until we reach 240/250
Remember to fill up the power as you would just like any other building!
Now that the greenhouse is filled with water and charged with power, let's plant some carrots! Click on the "PLANT CARROT" button and make sure you have the following resources:
- 3 Stamina
- 20 Water (in the storage)
- 14 Power
- 1 Carrot Seed
- 4 Soil
Click CONFIRM and give the greenhouse some time.
While we wait for those carrots to grow! let's plant some coffee as well! Click on the "PLANT COFFEE" button and make sure once again you have the following resources.
- 1 Stamnia
- 16 Water (In the storage)
- 20 Power
- 1 Coffee Seed
- 5 Soil
Click CONFIRM and let the greenhouse do it's magic!
Shall we plant lettuce while we wait for the coffee and the carrots to be ready to harvest?
Click on the "PLANT LETTUCE" button, and make sure you have the following resources
- 2 Stamina
- 12 Water (In the storage)
- 5 Power
- 1 Lettuce Seed
- 3 Soil
Click CONFIRM, and let the greenhouse do its work! Now that we planted all 3 of our crops! Let's wait some time and come back and harvest them all. Each of these produce items will take different number of hours to be ready and each gives us a different food amount.