During quarantine, 55% of Americans were gardening and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Many have found that they enjoy taking care of their own garden.
Why not step it up a notch by creating a greenhouse garden? That’s right, anyone can do it! Find out how here.
Build or Buy?
If you are thinking about creating a greenhouse garden, the first thing you need to decide if you want to build or buy it. You don’t need something huge, just find an area where a nice structure will fit.
The main thing you need to consider when placing your greenhouse garden is the amount of direct sunlight it gets. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
If you have a personalized idea of what you want your garden to be, a DIY project is your best option. However, if you want the basic structure, a manufacturer can create it for you.
Greenhouse gardening for beginners is all about starting small during your first growing season. There are easy, straightforward crops you can plant before trying something more difficult. The best plants for beginners are:
- Leafy greens (spinach, lettuce)
- Root vegetables (carrots, turnips)
If you start with these plants, group them by their cycles to get on a production schedule.
One of the best greenhouse gardening tips is to plant more seeds than you expect to grow. Not every seed you plant will grow to produce a healthy plant.
Warm Weather vs. Cold Weather
When planting seeds, you should follow the natural growth cycle of the plant. Even with an indoor greenhouse, planting warm crops during the cold seasons is not the best idea.
Most greenhouse owners don’t plant during the off-season to save on energy costs.
During cold months, you can plant hearty vegetables like onions, turnips, beets, radishes, leafy greens, and carrots. More delicate crops are better during warm weather.
For example, the warmer months are great for growing lettuce, cauliflower, beans, tomatoes, peppers, peas, etc.
If you want to plant flowers instead, you can follow the same planting schedule. A greenhouse is great for plants that don’t survive outdoors.
Fertilizers and Pesticides
When setting up a greenhouse, you need to consider fertilizers. Most owners want to use organic fertilizer, but it could be difficult for a beginner. Take what you can get the first time around until you get more experience.
Pesticides are not one of the greenhouse must-haves for indoor growth. The right greenhouse garden design will already protect your plants against pest and disease contamination.
Creating a Dreamy Greenhouse Garden
A greenhouse garden is a dream of many but only done by a few. Yet, anyone can have their own greenhouse garden if they put in the work!
Just like anything else in life, creating the perfect greenhouse garden takes trial and error. Follow these tips for your first growing season to gain more experience!
For more gardening tips, check out the other posts on our blog.