Successful Gardening: Tips
- Look online for the best choices of greenhouses, supplies, accessories and information. Online sites are convenient and offer the garden enthusiast the chance to purchase everything needed at one time and in one place.
- Before you a purchase a greenhouse give some thought to the size and type of greenhouse you need. Are you interested in a greenhouse that will allow you to grow flowers, plants and herbs all year or do you plan to concentrate on one season?
- Will you need a greenhouse that can be built to accommodate heating, cooling and ventilation systems? Many greenhouses are manufactured that can fill these needs,
- Set up your budget and find the best greenhouse and supplies for the money. This gardening endeavor can be expensive but you should be able to find a greenhouse and supplies that will allow you to have all the things you need while staying within a budget.
- Find out if you will need a permit for your greenhouse. Some cities tax anything these days! Also make sure that your greenhouse site is well-planned and properly prepared.
Setting up a Greenhouse
1. Order a lightweight backyard greenhouse kit that fits the space dimensions you have available to devote to your new greenhouse garden. Today’s greenhouse gardening kits come in affordable packages that include everything you need to get your greenhouse up in a jiffy!
Be sure to read over the included parts and instructions before purchasing a kit if at all possible, or speak with a greenhouse gardening sales specialist or consultant to make sure you are getting the right greenhouse gardening kit to suit your individual needs.
2. Find North, then plan to situate your backyard greenhouse with the ridge of the roof facing east to west, with the door facing east or west. This will help you reduce your heating and cooling costs and get the most use out of the suns rays inside the greenhouse.
A greenhouse that gets only northern exposure may require artificial supplementation in the heating and cooling department year-round. A west-facing greenhouse will take advantage of the greater warmth and sunlight in the late of the day, where as a south-facing greenhouse takes optimal advantage of all that nature has to offer in the heating/cooling and lighting departments.
3. Set up your new backyard greenhouse kit with a little help from your friends. Especially if you don’t have a history of being Mr. or Ms. Handy Person, you might want to call in a few friends to help you assemble your greenhouse kit. Most kits are straightforward and easy to assemble, but having a few extra hands to hold ends aloft and fetch attaching pieces is always a plus.
Be sure to read through the instructions and gather any necessary supplies before starting the assembly process, and call your provided support number for any assistance you might need. Many greenhouse kits are lightweight and snap together making assembly quick and easy. Some even boast easy set up and tear down for the ultimate convenience and portability.
Tips for Beginners
1. You don’t need to purchase a ton of supplies to get started. A few pots, some soil, and some seeds or plants are enough to get you started. You can add more and better supplies later on, after you develop a deeper passion for greenhouse gardening and find your gardening groove. Buying everything at once can actually dampen your enthusiasm, whereas spreading out your purchases can give you something to look forward to and stoke your enthusiasm.
2. Your growing options are unlimited with greenhouse gardening. Want to try out those tropical orchids? Found some interesting genetically altered varieties of vegetables to grow? Go for it! The greenhouse environment makes growing any type of crop possible; that’s part of the excitement of greenhouse gardening!
3. Compost is a greenhouse gardener’s best friend. Compost is like liquid gold when it comes to growing healthy plants, and best of all, it’s free. You can create your own nutrient-rich compost in your backyard from table scraps, newspapers, lawn clippings and other biodegradable materials.
4. Too much water can be a bad thing. While it may seem essential to water your plants once or twice a day, too much water can actually be harmful to your plants. If you are new to container gardening or greenhouse gardening, be sure to use a well-draining soil, and make sure your pots allow excess water to drain away from the plant’s roots. Too much moisture can rot the roots and can actually kill your crops. Watering once a day, or twice a day in smaller amounts is best. Other than during days with the hottest weather, you can even water every-other day for many types of crops.
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