Greenhouse Gardening – Tips & Tricks
Posted by Alix Francis on 25th Sep 2017
So, you’ve purchased a greenhouse, great! Now what?
Knowing where to begin can be a little disheartening, there is so much to learn and thousands of articles on the internet to delve into, it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start first.
That's why we put together these greenhouse gardening tips and tricks to help get you started.
Once you have constructed your greenhouse, the next thing you will need to think about is what you are going to grow.
Depending on what you are going to grow will essentially be the deciding factor of how you will set your greenhouse up.
Buy a thermometer
One of the first things to invest in would be a thermometer, this will help you keep an eye on the temperature and make sure that your greenhouse isn’t too hot or too cool.
Power it up
Access to a power source in your greenhouse will be an advantage when the cooler months move in and winter hits. Having power means you will be able to heat the greenhouse so you can continue to grow and tender plants.
Keeping it cool
In hotter months, having good ventilation is essential to keeping your greenhouse cool, if you are able to have internal or external shading, it will help keep the heat down during these months.
Choosing a greenhouse with gutters offers the benefit of being able to collect the rain water to use in the greenhouse, you could also collect rainwater by using a water butt. Be cautious when watering in hot weather as it can cause evaporation which can quickly cool the greenhouse air.
You will need to be mindful of controlling the humidity in your greenhouse, humidity offers many benefits, especially if you are going to grow tropical plants. Keeping the greenhouse on the humid side by 50% or higher is best for growing environments.
Keeping the pests away
Insects and pests, including fungi, mildew and disease love to attack plants that have a closed atmosphere, so, be sure to keep your greenhouse well ventilated. Open the greenhouse door during the day in warmer months to help regulate heat but keep an eye out for pests.
Keep your plants happy and healthy
Once you have the temperature and humidity under control, the most important thing to do is make sure your plants are happy and healthy. As mentioned before, if you can collect rainwater, use it to water your plants, it will be better than using water from a tap as the coldness of the water could send your roots into shock.
Every day’s a school day
Try to keep a step ahead of your plants, research, join gardening clubs, do what you can to keep in control of your plants and crops. It can be quite stressful when plants get ahead of their growers as the grower is no longer in control of the situation. Learning from others is a great way to keep ahead of your plants. Make every day a school day.
Benches and staging areas
Placing a bench or table down one side of your greenhouse will be beneficial for growing other crops and plants. It will also keep your greenhouse free of clutter as you will have a place to store items. Keeping your greenhouse tidy will really help you keep organised when your seeds start to grow, it will also give you a little more room for you and the seedlings too. If you can put a shelf above the bench, do it, it will be the perfect place for seedlings to begin their journey.
Make the most out of the space you have available, try to organise your taller plants on the opposite side to your staging. It will give your plants more room to grow.
Have fun and relax
Greenhouse gardening can be great fun and incredibly satisfying when you have a good harvest, keep researching and joining in conversations to learn more about greenhouse gardening. Don’t stress yourself out if you get it wrong, there is always time to improve and get it right the next time.
Many gardeners learn by making mistakes in the first place. Enjoy your greenhouse and have fun with your project.