Being able to grow plants and produce all year long is every gardener’s dream. That’s why many gardening enthusiasts are adding a greenhouse to their home so they can tend to their garden whenever they please. And now that spring is finally just around the corner, gardening season is also finally upon us!
Growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs at home also will save you money on groceries, and your salads will taste a little bit better knowing that you grew those leaves from scratch.However, you’ll need to know how to optimize your greenhouse if you want your plants to thrive.
If you want to create an indoor growing space in your home and have the opportunity to tend to your own thriving garden, take a look at these tips that you can use all year long.
Heating and Ventilation
The ideal greenhouse temperature is about 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to know how to keep that internal temperature steady. Greenhouses harness the sun’s rays to help heat the interior air, and some may also have supplemental heat sources that are powered by electric heaters or gas.
Similar to a car, the greenhouse’s interior can heat up quickly to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on warm, summer days, so you need to regulate the temperature or you’ll risk stressing and even killing your plants.
All greenhouses must include vents — either side vents and fans that whisk out the hot air and usher in cooler air or a top vent that opens a hatch in the ceiling. Look for a manufactuer who offers a thermostatically controlled ridge vent with screens to allow the hot air to exhaust automatically.
Other tips to keep in mind include:
- Use additional stand fans to keep the air constantly moving
- Prop the door open on warm days
Control the Humidity
Keep your greenhouse on the humid side — at least 50 percent or higher — because humidity offers many benefits, especially if it’s tropical plants you’re interested in. To add humidity to the air you can:
- Put marbles or stone chips on the floor under the plant tables or benches. These will help with humidity if they’re dampened on dry days
- Place trays of pebbles underneath your plants and fill them with water. As the water evaporates, it will add humidity near the plants
A greenhouse will provide gardening delights all year long, but since we’re headed into the spring, consider this tip for your garden.
Start by placing seeds in trays inside the greenhouse. As your seedlings emerge and come to life, transplant them into large pots and keep them safe in the greenhouse until all danger of frost is past.
The advantage of gardening in a greenhouse is that your plants will be protected from the dangers of the outdoors such as animals and climate. You’ll avoid harmful pesticides that you find in store-bought fruits and vegetables because you can grow your fruits, vegetables, greens, and herbs will be grown organically. Talk to your local manufacturer and get that garden started.