While the winter is officially over, it might not be warm enough to kickstart your outdoor gardening adventures. If you have a greenhouse it’s time to start planting your seedlings while making any improvements to your greenhouse in preparation for outdoor fun.
Whether building a greenhouse or improving your existing structure, here are some ideas for making your greenhouse a useful part of your backyard:
- Location: If you are thinking of implementing a greenhouse into your garden think carefully about where you want to place it. Placing your greenhouse in a sunny open part of your yard will give it the optimal amount of light, but remember the internal temperature of your greenhouse will be automatically be 20-30 degrees warmer than the air around it. If you live in an area where temperatures soar, you might want to factor this into your decision. Remember, water and light are the two most important contributing factors to a successful greenhouse. If you already have a greenhouse, check to make sure it is properly lit, if not you might consider moving or adjusting its location.
- Water: Drip irrigation is perhaps the easiest to lay out, but some gardener’s prefer to hand water their plants. You can also use capillary mats that slowly bring water up from underneath, or overhead watering. Drip irrigation is a cost effective watering system that allows you to set levels and monitor your plants growth. It’s also less wasteful, since there isn’t a lot of excess water and it keeps plants consistently moist.
- Flooring: Depending on the type of greenhouse you have, be it glass, fiberglass, or a rigid-plastic, you will use different kinds of flooring. Most kits recommend a concrete foundation, but you don’t have to keep a permanent floor. You can use gravel, stones, even broken down wine boxes to create a non-slippery floor that allows for any excess water to drain into the ground.
- Heating: If you are looking to maintain a greenhouse through the winter, it’s in your best interest to look into getting a heater. And not just any kind of heater, but a large electric or oil heater. The kind you get depends on personal choice, but you’ll want something large and powerful enough to withstand the cold temperatures and adequately heat your space without leaving any cold pockets.
- Organization: While it can be easy to get into a gardening project chaotically, it is difficult to maintain a garden without some method to your madness. Keep a wall in your greenhouse just for garden tools. Add hooks. Consider making a potting area next to this wall. Rakes, shovels, clippers, gloves and rubber boots can all be stored next to each other for quick and easy access before entering the rest of your garden.
Avery Lane is a freelance writer from Portland, Oregon. If you’re looking for other ways to improve your home as the weather heats up, check out these guides to Carrier air conditioner prices and Lennox air conditioner prices.