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Enthusiasm is an admirable trait for the beginning greenhouse gardener, but don’t let it overshadow the practical steps you should take to ensure your efforts are successful.
As with any new venture, establishing a strong foundation with careful attention to the smaller details is important.
Though it may take some patience on your part, this not only will this set you up for a positive greenhouse gardening experience, but also you’ll create an environment for your enthusiasm to continue to blossom!
Keep these seven helpful tips in mind as you begin your exciting foray into greenhouse gardening.
1. Get a Thermometer. Maybe the single most important of a piece of equipment you’ll buy, your thermometer will inform when to ventilate, where to shade, when to heat and what area to cool. No beginning greenhouse gardener should be without one!
2. Keep the Greenhouse Neat and Tidy. It might seem like a chore at the time, but always return things to their proper place. You’ll be glad you did when you want space to pot plants and when you need a place to put them. Plus, piles of unused equipment could be inviting to snails and slugs.
3. Determine Your Plants’ Space Needs. Prepare for plant growth by assessing how much room your plants will need at the stage you expect them to reach in the greenhouse. Overcrowding can restrict plant growth as they compete for space and light. This stress can make your plants more susceptible to disease and insect damage.
4. Start with Seeds Rather Than Seedlings or Cuttings. One way to reduce the probability of insect, mite or disease problems is to start with seeds planted in your greenhouse —not seedlings or cuttings from another location. It is recommended to seed more plants than the number you want because not all seeds will germinate, and this can help provide a good, healthy plant selection to begin.
5. Start with Easy-to-Grow Plants. Kicking off your greenhouse growing efforts with plants that are easy to grow will help boost your confidence. Lettuce, basil, and coleus are some ideal vegetative options. Move on next to tomatoes, seedless cucumber, eggplant, and hot pepper plants when you have more experience. Beginners should avoid starting with bushes and trees, as they take up more space and take more time to grow.
6. Take Steps to Keep Pests Away. In addition to using seeds planted or potted inside your greenhouse, install insect screens on air intakes to reduce the introduction of pests. You can also keep outside plants away from your greenhouse, complete any work in your outdoor gardens after your tasks inside your greenhouse are complete, and keep pets out of your greenhouse as any of these could transport insects or diseases inside.
7. Grow Something Greenhouse-Specific. Try your hand at growing something that will only thrive inside a greenhouse, such as tropical flowers or heat-loving vegetables. Not only will this add interest to your gardening efforts, but the success of growing something unique will prove to be exhilarating!
Thinking about investing in a greenhouse or getting ready to start your greenhouse garden? Call us today toll-free at 1-800-531-4769 to talk with one of our representatives or visit our website at www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com to find all the supplies you need to get growing!
7 Helpful Tips for the Beginning Greenhouse Gardener
Enthusiasm is an admirable trait for the beginning greenhouse gardener, but don't let it overshadow the practical steps you should take to ensure your efforts a
Top tips for greenhouse growing
There is a great deal of difference between gardening in the great outdoors and gardening in a greenhouse. Owning a greenhouse allows you to control the environment and create optimum conditions for whatever plants you are growing.
The main factors are the temperature and the lighting, using a heater in winter, thermometer and LED lighting, which can encourage healthier growth to bring the best out of the shape, size and taste of your vegetables. With enough practice and dedication, it is possible to achieve some astounding results!
Getting The Greenhouse Environment Right
Getting the conditions in your greenhouse right is of paramount importance. The reason for this is that getting the conditions wrong could ruin your crop, and it is quite easy to get the environment wrong in a greenhouse setting. There are 3 factors that need to be considered in order to get your conditions perfect for all types of growing.
The temperature in the UK varies a great deal through the seasons, which can make it extremely difficult to control the temperature within the greenhouse. As a result, you need to have a combination of heating, ventilation and cooling fans installed for the optimum environment for growth all year round.
In the winter and early spring months, it’s likely you will need to use auxiliary heat to regulate the temperature for summer vegetables like tomatoes. UK winter temperatures can be between -10-15°C (14-60°F), the lower end of which can be very damaging.
During the summer months, the temperature can usually vary between 13-32°C (55-90°F). At this time of year, you will need a combination of ventilation to ensure the correct amount of airflow is getting to the plants, which is vital for healthy growth, and cooling fans as it is extremely difficult to keep the temperature down on a hot, sunny day. Ventilation can vary in expense depending on whether or not you would like an automated ventilation system, which is far easier and more convenient. Adversely, you can easily get a manual-operated vent, but they do need regular checking – usually at least twice a day.
Here is a useful guide to the temperatures (degrees) that your plants need for optimum growth:
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