Your Greenhouse Is A Terrific Way To Extend Growing Seasons


Gardeners love the fruit of their labor. There is nothing like getting fresh, tasty produce from your own backyard and serving it on the dinner table. Produce from the grocery store just can’t compare with the rich flavors and freshness of vegetables you’ve coaxed out of the ground on your own.

Winter can be a hard season for gardeners and food-lovers alike as fresh vegetables become harder to come by and the produce in the grocery store shows up in poorer shape, frozen for longer, and from farther away. That’s why more and more gardeners are putting up greenhouses in their own backyard. You can build your own greenhouse or buy one and simply have it shipped to your home. They don’t need to be huge to give you lots of food. Just take a look at this 6 x 8-foot greenhouse packed with lettuce, kale, parsnips, and beets growing through the winter season.

The biggest advantage a greenhouse gives you is a longer growing season. You can start hardy vegetables earlier in the year and even grow through the winter.

Making the most of your greenhouse takes a bit of maintenance and know-how. The fundamentals of gardening remain the same, but there are some big differences between gardening outside and using a greenhouse. You’ll have to pay attention to temperature, air circulation, light, and humidity. Here are a few quick tips you can use for your greenhouse.

  1. Controlling the Temperature

You’re going to need a combination of heaters, fans, and vents to control the temperature effectively, especially in the winter. Extremely cold days will require some extra heat during a deep freeze, while fans and vents will help keep it from overheating in the summer. In the winter, the temperature can go as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit without damaging leafy greens and other vegetables suitable for late growing seasons.

  1. Circulation

Plants breathe carbon dioxide the way humans breathe oxygen. Air circulation helps strengthen plants and fend off fungus. That’s why you need to sow with adequate space between plants. You can get a greenhouse with screen windows as a simple way to improve air circulation.

  1. Light

Light may be the single most important factor to your greenhouse. Be careful to inspect your backyard and determine how much light you’re going to have and where you’re going to have it. Place your new greenhouse accordingly. When there’s too much shade or when sunlight is scarce in the late fall, fluorescent lighting can help grow midwinter greens.

  1. Humidity

Last but not least, there’s humidity. Contrary to what you might expect, you don’t want a greenhouse to feel like a rainforest. Plant growth weakens at humidity points over 90 percent, so use vents to keep humidity levels down.

When you get a greenhouse for your backyard you can enjoy longer growing seasons and fresh produce even in the winter. A backyard greenhouse is a must-have for the gardener adamant about having fresh produce on her dinner table no matter what time of year it is.