Lighting Your Greenhouse

When you consider getting lighting for your greenhouse, you are talking about more than simply avoiding stumbling in the dark. When choosing your type of lighting, the first things you should take into account are: The type of greenhouse you have Is your greenhouse designed to be a nursery to propagate seeds or a typical garden with vegetables growing in beds? The type of greenhouse tasks you are planning to do Do you simply want to work till after sunset or in the cold of winter? Do you want to produce market-quality flowers even out of season? Lighting gives you the power to tinker with plant growth and flowering. You can, in a way, force a blossom out of an orchid by controlling the light it receives. Heat and Electrical Efficiency Before buying anything, it is important to consider the heat produced and the energy consumed by your bulbs. Heat from your lights has a significant effect on the growth of plants. Energy consumption, of course, makes a difference on your electricity bill. There are two general categories for greenhouse lighting. Supplementary lighting It is designed to give you light to work in the dark or dead of winter. It serves as a supplement to natural daylight, extending the hours you can work in the greenhouse. Supplementary lighting can be in the form of incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lamps or solar […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 21, 2017 at 5:10 PM

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Maximising Greenhouse Management

The best thing to do when you have a greenhouse is to increase its potential by providing the needed accessories such as heating and ventilation. Whatever size your greenhouse would be, it would be best also if you would optimise its expected utility. Temperature Control Management In keeping your greenhouse cool, you need to consider two things in managing the temperature. First, provide a window or two in the roof that you can open and close. Of course, it would need you to get up early in the morning during summer time and close it again at night, which would be taxing on your part. Now, here is a suggestion. Provide your greenhouse a not so expensive automatic vent opener and clip it onto the window with a hydraulic tube to push it open and closed again. If you have a large greenhouse, it is advisable to provide an acceptable number of vents to avoid the inside excessiveness of temperatures. One suggestion is to provide louver vents, which are easy to install. You can also fit it in an automatic opener such as the one mentioned above for more reliable activity. During summer, you can whitewash your greenhouse for better light reflection and keeping the heat away. Or you could install shading materials that would control the heat inside. The next problem that you would probably encounter is how to […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 21, 2017 at 5:12 AM

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All About Watering In Your Greenhouse for Plants

An important aspect of greenhouse management is watering. It is a knownfact that water is essential to plants. But you must realise there is such a thing as overwatering, and it kills plants. Know your plants’ needs. Some need frequent watering and grow best when the soil is moist. Some, like cacti, demand dry conditions. In particularly hot days, some varieties of plants dry out very quickly and obviously need more water. Wetting the floor or damping downa few times a day during summer is advisable because an atmosphere that is too dry is potentially harmful to your plants. However, it should not be overdone. The degree of moisture needed varies from plant to plant. During winter, watering should be kept under close monitoring. Fungal diseases thrive in a damp environment. The combination of too-wet composts and cold temperature makes the perfect setting for them. Things You Need Watering Can It is an essential gardener’s piece of equipment, best for small greenhouses. Choose something with a long spout. It must be big enough not to require constant refilling, but it should also be light enough for you to be able to carry it around. Irrigation System If you have a large greenhouse, it may not be a good idea to use a watering can alone, especially if you don’t have anyone to give you a hand in the watering chore. […]

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Posted by Abundant Life - September 20, 2017 at 5:10 PM

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Winter Greenhouse Gardening

Winter is the most inappropriate season to grow plants. Snowstorm, dropping temperature and occasional blizzards won’t do anything to help you grow your plants healthily. Greenhouses, though exempted with the worries of external weather conditions, also need to follow some simple steps to make sure you get the most out of your cultivated plants. There are plants that require cold weather for them to grow healthily. These plants can make you dream of an all-year-round garden, as they are not affected by the extreme winter conditions outside the greenhouse. The following are some of the recommended vegetables to be grown during winter months: Spinach Turnips Garlic Lettuce Beets Cabbage Broccoli Cauliflower Celery Radishes Swiss chard Due to the extreme weather conditions that can happen during these months, there are a couple of disadvantages in gardening during winter, even when you are using a greenhouse. First is to make sure that your facility is built ready for extreme winter conditions, which may be costly, so it must be assessed at first if it is economical to plant during the cold months. The cost of heating is the second disadvantage in winter plant cultivation. The increasing prices of gas must be considered very carefully as it can break you’re bank, which is something that may not be worth it. While it is truly a joy to have an all-year-long garden, there are […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 20, 2017 at 5:12 AM

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The Importance of Shading and Ventilation in Your Greenhouse

Yes, greenhouse plants need sunshine, but too much of a good thing is usually bad. During the burning heat of summer, you need to offer some protection to your plants to save them from getting scorched. Because your greenhouse is essentially also a glasshouse, in the middle of summer, it can be exposed to too much heat which, is potentially damaging. The temperature can shoot up to a level critical for your plants, especially the cultivated varieties like fuchsias, poinsettias, and orchids as well as newly germinated plants. Be In The Shade Your greenhouse needs to be placed in an area where it can receive sunshine, but in a way, you must also protect it from heat at certain times. Just what are the ways to help your plants cope when the summer is too hot to handle? The trick is to provide some shade. Paint your windows. It is a simple and cheap approach, but it works. Apply a layer of paint to your windows. If you don’t have an idea what colour or sort of paint to use, there are always brands available in your local hardware shops for this purpose. The glitch is – this approach is somewhat irreversible and can be a hassle, unless you like painting and removing paint on a yearly basis or when the situation calls for. Use curtains and blinds. A more […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 19, 2017 at 5:13 PM

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Cold House Versus Greenhouses : Which One is Right For You?

Due to the economic downturn felt around the globe at this moment, many are becoming interested in starting their own backyard garden that can supplement their food supply and decrease the expenses on food. However, not all places have the ideal weather that is conducive to grow crops. This is where greenhouses and cold houses come in. These types of farming/gardening structures are the most common methods of protecting the crops from the external forces that might affect their health during days when the temperature is extremely cold or hot. But the question is what is the most suitable for your area? Is it a greenhouse or a cold house? First let us define each gardening structure. Cold houses are solely dependent on thermal heat that would allow plants to be grown during months where the weather reaches it maximum temperature. However, this type of structure will not allow the cultivation of plants if the temperature inside it drops below 0 degrees Celsius. Greenhouses, on the other hand, are similar to cold houses in terms that they also use thermal energy coming from the sun, but their main difference is that there is a possibility to install a mechanical heating system which can be used when the thermal energy is not enough to keep the greenhouse heated. This particular feature of greenhouses makes them ideal for growers who are located […]

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Posted by Abundant Life - September 19, 2017 at 5:15 AM

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Equipment For Your Greenhouse

For you to have a well-functioning greenhouse, you need to have all the right equipment. A trip to the local gardening essentials store certainly yields some indispensable pieces, designed to make your tasks easier. But be wary about those accessories and gadgets you have been led to believe you need. Chances are you don’t really need them. But then surely, you have already assigned to yourself what is essential and what is pure gimmick. Equipment/Tools Used In Growing Staging It is one of the most common greenhouse pieces of equipment. Even if you normally grow your plants in beds, it might still prove indispensable for you. It is best to choose the removable type – with bolts or screws – to facilitate easy dismantling when necessary.  Staging with two or three tiers is ideal if you want to maximise your growing space. For anything else, a single tier is best. Propagating Frames Frames with warming mechanisms allow you to control the temperature and maintain the precise degrees needed for propagation. You don’t need to heat the whole greenhouse to make sure you have your chrysanthemums taking root in spring, beyond the usual propagating season. Watering Can It is certainly one of your most important helpers as a gardener. You may already have an irrigation system in place, but it remains an indispensable tool to keep your greenhouse fully functioning.  Choose […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 18, 2017 at 5:11 PM

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The Greenhouse Ventilation System

Systems for temperature control and air circulation are vital systems that you need to manage and maintain to realise the optimum use of your greenhouse ventilation.   Hobby gardeners usually face the challenges of management and maintenance of their own greenhouse. They have to learn the importance of the key factors that can provide the maximum productivity and a ventilation system is just one of the key factors for optimised use of the greenhouse. They have to consider many options to choose from in terms of providing equipment and its position for the services it can provide for the greenhouse.   When you have a greenhouse with no ventilation system installed, the range of temperature and humidity that prevails inside, most of the time, are the cause of a plants health deterioration and eventual demise.   Ventilation is as important as any other component of the greenhouse and you have to consider it with utmost urgency. It should also be complementary to other systems like heating, watering, damping, and other system-related activities, which you would usually do to manage and maintain your greenhouse. Therefore, the greenhouse ventilation system must be part of your plan and budget, particularly when you want to create an ideal environment where your plants can grow. Of course, you also have to consider the changes of environment that usually take place within a particular whole day. […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 18, 2017 at 5:10 AM

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Buy your greenhouse online and you could enjoy great discounts

Buy your greenhouse online and you could enjoy great discounts A properly build greenhouse will protect your crops all year round. Erecting a greenhouse in your backyard is one of the prudent things that one can do when planning to increase the productivity of their farm throughout the year. You can easily acquire a greenhouse online to help you enjoy fresh farm produce without the limitation of seasons and weather conditions. With the right greenhouse, you can grow different kinds of crops with protection from the harsh climatic conditions on the outside. You should not worry about the acquirement of a greenhouse if you are in an area where there are no suppliers of the essential farming equipment, since it is easy to acquire a greenhouse online from some of the best known dealers. A good greenhouse can maximize return on your investment. A good greenhouse is an investment that you should be proud of. It assures you of the best returns within a short time, not to mention that you can enjoy fresh groceries everyday from your backyard. The organic produce obtained from the greenhouses will also help you to save money in the long-run as most of these products are overly expensive in the market during some seasons. With a greenhouse however, you do not have to wait for a certain season to enjoy fresh, green produce. You […]

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Posted by Greenhouse Galore - September 17, 2017 at 5:11 PM

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Pest Management in Greenhouses

While greenhouses do help in reducing the risk of your plants being infested by parasites, a good gardener/farmer knows that the best thing in pest management greenhouse is to be prepared for such situations. The slip in controlling the temperature inside the greenhouse is the perfect chance for pests to grow and multiply. If not addressed immediately with the proper intervention, pests can be the cause of a plant’s death. Pests inside the greenhouse can be prevented if your greenhouse gets regularly cleaned. Just like cleanliness inside and outside the house, keeping the greenhouse tidy can help prevent the growth of diseases and pests inside the facility. It is recommended that your greenhouse get cold at times, because if it runs on hot temperature all year long, the chances of growing or development of diseases and pests are higher. Freezing the greenhouse is effective in killing pests that have grown inside the facility. As much as possible, it is recommended to use sterilised soil and gardening tools when gardening. Sterilised potting mix when added to the soil can guarantee that the plant to be cultivated in it will be pest-free. When it comes to gardening tools, it is best to bleach them first in a detergent solution before using them. Be observant for the presence of pests. Immediately destroy eggs seen in the greenhouse so that they will not have […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 17, 2017 at 5:11 AM

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BUYING THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

BUYING THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY Over the past few years, the use of greenhouses has been growing in popularity among many home owners who want to enjoy high yields from their gardens. Greenhouse seeds of different kinds have been sought after and the use of the right ones has not disappointed. There are different seeds that you could opt for to plant in your greenhouse and this will help ensure that your crops have grown healthy and yield more. The use of the right greenhouse seeds has helped many home owners to deal with the issue of the rising cost of food and offered many people the much desired food security to date. It is therefore important to know which seeds are best suited for planting in your greenhouse garden and also to understand how to plant them for increased productivity. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR THE BEST GREENHOUSE SEEDS As you look for the best greenhouse seeds, it is important to understand that there are many suppliers out there who are ready to offer you the best quality seeds for sowing in your garden. Whether you are looking for heirloom vegetable seeds or fruit seeds, getting them is easier, especially if you know what to look for. It is always recommended that the organic open pollinated seeds are the best as they offer high yields. […]

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Posted by Greenhouse Galore - September 16, 2017 at 5:11 PM

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Buy Greenhouse Australia and Grow Plants Effectively Using Greenhouse Accessories

Buy Greenhouse Australia and Grow Plants Effectively Using Greenhouse Accessories Quality is what you need to look for when you buy Greenhouse Australia After realising the wonders that greenhouses can provide to your plants, before you jump into acquiring a greenhouse easily, you need to consider many things to buy Greenhouse Australia. There are plenty of sources where you can find greenhouse suppliers; however, there are only a few who can offer quality greenhouses with great materials. Even if you manage to get a greenhouse of top quality, it doesn’t end there; the next step is to identify the right and the most effective greenhouse accessories for growing plants. What are the things to consider when you buy Greenhouse Australia? Greenhouses come in various sizes, shapes, forms and materials. A gardener must also choose the greenhouse that he wants by taking into consideration the plants that need to be cultivated and grown inside it. When you buy Greenhouse Australia, consider not only the design but also the maintenance of your plants and garden with everything they need in order to thrive. The greenhouse should suit your garden and budget perfectly. It might be worth spending a little more to begin with. A great choice is choosing designs that may require less maintenance and preservation to keep at their best to provide longer lasting structure. Materials like wood – cedar wood […]

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Posted by Greenhouse Galore - September 16, 2017 at 5:11 AM

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Greenhouse Gardening Turned Organic

Aside from the growing consciousness of many people to take better care of the environment, the practice of a healthy lifestyle has also received a strong following during the past few years. Organic farming has been taking advantage of this trend as their customers demand more organic produce. The availability of resources, be it on the Internet or in books, also makes it easy for farmers and gardeners to start organically growing their own produce. Organic gardening starts with a healthy soil that will allow your produce to grow healthily. Composts are the best commercial fertiliser replacement for this kind of soil, which can bring in additional nutrients that can be adsorbed by your plants. Compost may be sourced from your kitchen scraps, animal manure or the garden. Practice intensive planting methods that can save your water resources. This type of gardening method requires the plants to be in close proximity to each other so that there would be no space for weeds to grow and also shield the soil from evaporation or weed seed germination. Be diverse in the choices of plants that are in your greenhouse. This will ensure that if one plant was not to survive, there would still be plenty of them left in the greenhouse.  It is also advisable to practice crop rotation in your greenhouse, as this helps in controlling soil borne pests and […]

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Posted by Ilana - September 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM

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Hydroponics Greenhouse Gardening

Hydroponics gardening involves growing your plants without the use of soil. This type of gardening was first used in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and The Floating Gardens of China. In modern times, the practice of hydroponics gardening was started in 1950 in The Netherlands, Australia and Germany. Greenhouses are the best place to grow hydroponic plants due to several reasons, which include the following: The controlled environment of greenhouses is exactlywhat hydroponic plants require. Vegetables grown hydroponically in greenhouses are proven to contain more vitamins, compared to their counterparts that were grown with soil. It can provide the gardener/farmer more spare time, as the controlled environment in greenhouses lighten the worries of the gardener/farmer of extreme weather conditions, bugs and other external factors that might affect the growth of the plant. Aside from the aforementioned benefits of hydroponics gardening, the use of water is more utilised in this type of plant cultivation. The reason for it is that the roots of the plant can easily take in the water, as there is no soil that it competes with. In choosing plants to cultivate for your hydroponics greenhouse garden, starters are advised to start to with simple plants that require low and easy maintenance like lettuce and spinach. This stage of hydroponic gardening will be the experimental stage for the gardener/farmer as he tests the right combination of water and […]

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Posted by Abundant Life - September 15, 2017 at 5:12 AM

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