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Homemade Greenhouse - Tips and Tricks on Greenhouse Gardening

Updated on August 4, 2011

Greenhouse Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks on Greenhouse Gardening
Tips and Tricks on Greenhouse Gardening

Tips and Tricks on Greenhouse Gardening

Greenhouse gardening can be an easy and enjoyable activity if one makes some good basic planning decisions and organizes properly. If you haven't yet, place your greenhouse so that it will get the maximum hours of sunlight per day, this is very important in winter. Whatever space you have must be organized to get the maximum usage. Plan where to place any tables, trays, shelves, sink, etc. If you can get by without something, that's more space for plants. Watch how the sun strikes your greenhouse at different times during the day and place plants accordingly.

The average temperature of the greenhouse is pivotal in determining what types of plants you can best grow. Place a thermometer in a shaded area of your homemade greenhouse and record the temperature during the day on different days. Think about how hot your greenhouse will be on average during different times of the year. Many types of plants grow well in the 80-90 degrees or higher temperature range, while other types grow best in a 60-80 degree range. This will determine what types of plants you can best grow during different times of the year.

Place your plants in the greenhouse so that air can flow freely for proper ventilation. Plan on how much ventilation you will need for cooling. If you need to cool the greenhouse quickly, hose down the floor and open doors and vents. Ventilate mornings and/or afternoons as needed.

Potting soil is fine for greenhouses, especially if growing vegetables. Any soil you use should have the proper mixture of peat moss, perlite, sand, vermiculite, and fir bark.

With the price of food going up, greenhouse gardening is a better idea than ever. Many people who have greenhouses get a high percentage of their diet from greenhouse produce, free of chemicals or other additives. Some greenhouse growers are able to sell a percentage of their harvest, oftentimes adding impressively to their income.

Build Your Own Homemade Greenhouse

You can build you own homemade greenhouse
You can build you own homemade greenhouse

Building a Greenhouse is Easy

Building a greenhouse does not need to be a major undertaking. If you just want to get a head start on the growing season you can put up a small, simple greenhouse from common materials like PVC pipe and plastic sheeting. Free simple greenhouse plans are available on the internet. If you want a larger, more permanent greenhouse with a foundation and/or plumbing and sink fixtures, you may consider purchasing some plans or getting professional help. It all depends on what you want to accomplish, what you want to grow and how much of it. Attached or permanent structure greenhouses can be an attractive addition to your home, adding value and supplying healthy a source of food.

Many people have turned greenhouse gardening into a profitable business, greenhouse gardening does not require a large amount of time or a great amount of scientific knowledge and the sun does a lot of the work. 

More and more people are turning to gardening and greenhouse gardening to provide healthy food and even supplement their income. Whatever your greenhouse gardening goals are, with careful planning and dedication, you can be assured your work will provide a bountiful harvest.

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      7 years ago

      The wonderful tips and tricks on green house gardening were impressive.

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      7 years ago

      The Info in the blog is out of this world, I so want to read more.

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      Randy J 

      9 years ago

      I found awesome information here...If you add solar greenhouses to the mix it makes it better even better...

      great content...

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      11 years ago

      we have a homemade greenhouse,windows are north,south,west, with the door opening to the east. it is covered in greenhouse plastic, covered with 70% shadecloth and the temp still gets over 120 degrees F. what do I need to do to lower temp so I can use my greenhouse?

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      11 years ago

      how do you keep critters out of your green house?

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      11 years ago

      good info , just what ive been looking for! Thanks

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      12 years ago from Earth

      Greenhouses are very good at keeping the temperature inside them over freezing point in extremely cold weathers. How about using solar concentrator to desiccate the the edibles you grow in your greenhouse? ;)

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      12 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully, visitors can find info. that will help them through tough economic times ahead.

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      Jeff Dahlberg 

      12 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information on do it yourself greenhouse.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Very good information. I have had a few friends that benefitted from greenhouses.


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