Growing Your Own Produce in a Greenhouse
In this post, we're discussing greenhouses. Most avid gardeners have considered a greenhouse but have not taken the plunge. Here are a few stories to give you a bit more information when considering a greenhouse.
About three months ago, my wife and I decided to build a greenhouse. Since we live in Southern California, you might wonder why. I'll explain in a moment, but to say it’s been the most amazing gardening experience of my life would be an understatement.
We came to realize that it's not just the excitement of bringing plants to life but the restorative care the greenhouse provides for troubled plants and trees.
No matter what kind of setup you have, whether you live in a condo, an apartment, or a home, there’s an opportunity to start a little greenhouse that fits your situation and your climate. There are kits available online and lots of good resources, and we’d be happy to consult with you to help you get one set up.
There is no greater joy than watching a little seedling sprout and having it turned into a viable plant or tree. In addition, it’s such a great option and much more rewarding than going and buying fully grown potted plants and trees. Granted you have to have patience, but the joy far outweighs the time it takes. Personally, we have grown an amazing crop of four different kinds of lettuce, and it was so bountiful that we were able to pass out bags to our neighbors. I am working on bringing back to life two little mango trees, and we have tomato plants that are now two months old after planting seeds, which have grown more than 2 feet tall and are flowering in preparation for their first crop.
Check out our article about composting which is an amazing resource for a greenhouse, and can enhance the growth of your seedlings as well as provide excellent moisture retention. Happy green thumbs everyone!
Is Owning a Greenhouse Right for You?
The obvious answer is yes because a greenhouse helps protect plants from snow, plain old cold, and too much sun. But what about your living mode, whether it's a condo, apartment, townhome, or detached house?
In most parts of the U.S., the colder seasons have always brought a halt to gardening activities for months at a time. Then there is also the issue of critters that feast on your plants.
The solution is to build a greenhouse. A high-quality one is probably much easier than you imagined.
Let's start micro, and move up. In a very small apartment, you can explore the benefits of a charming table top model.
When you have a bit more room, for example, an apartment with an outdoor patio, or a townhouse with a balcony, you can opt for a space-saving, compact "Garden Mini Greenhouse". It gives you just the right amount of room for plants and herbs. They are always easy to put together which is also a plus
Going into a full greenhouse that is appropriate for a detached home is ideal for the avid backyard gardener. You can investigate a kit here. But what are the benefits, no matter what size you choose?
Even if it doesn't snow where you live, a greenhouse can protect your plants from too much cold. You can grow tender tomatoes and protect tropical plants all season long.
Most gardeners rate pests as their number one concern. After getting your tomato plants thriving, it can be disheartening to see them attacked and eaten by pests. Your greenhouse is your fortress. The plants are protected from the reach of bugs and varmints. Plus this helps you save money at the nursery as you are growing plants from seeds and not buying an expensive pre-potted plant.
An often overlooked benefit of a greenhouse is that it's a pleasant work environment. Greenhouse temperatures can be managed with airflow vents and fans. Consider the soft light as it filters through an 8mm heavy-duty polycarbonate window pane. The light is filtered in wavelengths that help plants thrive. These same light wavelengths are known to have a positive effect on the human mood, as well. Everybody wins.
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