A greenhouse is a great way to enjoy the wonderful world of gardening year round. Setting up a green house is more than throwing up a building and planting a few plants inside. Following these beginner greenhouse gardening tips will help ensure your greenhouse gardening success.
Selecting a Greenhouse
The first beginner greenhouse gardening tips is selecting your greenhouse. There are a number of greenhouses available for you to choose from so you want to select a greenhouse that will suit your needs.
If you have very little building experience, your best choice might be a greenhouse kit. These greenhouse kits can typically be put together in a weekend and you can start your gardening. If you live in an area that has a lot of wind
or gets a good amount of snow during the winter, you will want to select a greenhouse kit made from polycarbonate panels. Polycarbonate panels are the most durable for areas of extreme weather.
Selecting Your Greenhouse Location
Choosing a location in your yard for your greenhouse is the second beginner greenhouse gardening tip. Pick a location in your yard that is level or level an area for the floor of your greenhouse. You
also need to choose a place that receives an adequate amount of sun in the winter. Watch your yard on a sunny day and see if there are existing buildings or trees that might block the sun. Remember that some trees won’t have leaves during the winter to block the sun. Unless you are planning on using solar power to run your greenhouse fans and heaters, you will need to place your greenhouse in a location
that is accessible to electricity. You will also need to make sure that your greenhouse is located near a water source.
Inside Your Greenhouse
Setting up the inside of your greenhouse is the third beginner greenhouse gardening tip. Make sure there is enough space for a workbench for potting and caring for your plants. You don’t want to have to keep moving
your plants around or outdoors during the middle of winter in order to care for them. Ventilation and correct inside temperature is also going to play an important role in the success of your greenhouse. Most greenhouse kits will come with ventilation panels that can be opened and closed as necessary to allow good airflow.
You can also purchase ventilation fans to ensure that air flows property and keeps the inside temperature regulated. Unless you live in a mildly temperate area, you will need to install heaters in your greenhouse. Place thermometers in both shady and sunny spots inside your greenhouse for a couple of days and monitor the temperatures. This will give you a good idea of what you will need to maintain a steady and correct temperature for your plants.
Setting your greenhouse up correctly will give you a better chance for successful greenhouse gardening. But remember that most gardening is done by trial and error. Over time you will learn which plants to use to have a successful greenhouse garden.