There is nothing like new life in spring and starting seeds is one of the best ways to enjoy the start of the season. Unlike transplants, seedlings are fragile and require newborn-like attention: the right media, temperature, light, water and food. To a new gardener, meeting these needs may seem like a challenge. But with a little knowledge and the right equipment, success is easy and just a few short days or weeks away.
Not much happens in the Northwest. Sure, we are in an earthquake and volcano zone, but the chances of a major event happening in your lifetime is rare. A few weeks ago, we had a very unusual emergency alert come through the Portland community. The alert said to not drink tap water until further notice due to a potential ecoli scare. Immediately, we realized we were not prepared with extra bottled water on hand and headed to the nearest store.
Greenhouse gardening is a popular hobby for people of all ages. Many older adults believe that their gardening days are over once they move to a retirement home. However, there are greenhouse gardening options for retirement homes for people at nearly every level of ability, with the use of right equipment and the assistance of a friendly helper.
In order to reduce transplant shock, which can set a plant back by as much as two weeks, biodegradable Cow Pots are an excellent option. Plant the 4” pots directly into the garden, raised bed or container. The Cow Pot disintegrates eliminating the need to disrupt the plant roots. It is also important to harden off your plants whenever you move them from one environment to another; whether it is from your home to the greenhouse or from the greenhouse to your garden. Hardening off is simply the process of gradually acclimating your plants to their new environment.
Last Saturday we were thrilled to be featured on the TV show Garden Time! The host, William, walked with us through our greenhouse to talk about our favorite seed starting supplies the we use in our Solexx Greenhouses.
Greenhouse equipment is one of those areas of greenhouse gardening that you may not think about often, but has the potential to make or break your greenhouse hobby or business. Having the right greenhouse equipment ensures that you have greater success in growing healthy, bountiful crops. It also means far less headaches, and backaches while gardening in your greenhouse.
Watering in the Greenhouse Garden
Great to hear from our customers! We just got a new post on the Garden Watchdog from a customer in Aurora, Colorado.
Are you looking for a way to use your greenhouse to make money by starting a side greenhouse business? There are many ideas for starting a greenhouse business, but I just heard a great idea from an industry newsletter (Grower Talks) that I want to pass on to you. They were suggesting this idea to nurseries to make some extra money, but it would be easy for hobby greenhouse owners to put it into action as well.
Greenhouse plastic can be a very versatile part of your greenhouse gardening hobby or business. By using greenhouse plastic sheeting, you can turn a sunny spot on your property into an inexpensive greenhouse with a minimal investment of time and money. Many wire-frame greenhouse kits come ready made for easy assembly with a lightweight, sturdy frame and easy to install greenhouse plastic. These types of greenhouse kits make greenhouse gardening easy and affordable for everyone.