You have likely encountered a greenhouse, and perhaps even own one. How often, though, have you gone in there and looked around? To know exactly how it functions, and how to maximize its potential? There are numerous factors to think about while building a greenhouse, including its location, size, and layout, and it’s easy to miss some of the more obvious ways in which it may be more productive and effective. Indeed, if we tend to our house, it ought to look after us. If you want your wooden greenhouse to work as hard for you as it does for plants, consider these five tips.
Be Where The Sun Is
The most obvious tip in this article simply comes down to where you choose to have your greenhouse gardening. If you have it in the backyard, you’re going to get less sunlight than if you have your greenhouse on the front porch. A greenhouse that is shaded, especially in the early morning hours, may not receive enough light to produce the best yields. You may be able to trick into producing more by using grow lights, but this is only a temporary fix.
If you’re able to move the greenhouse to a more sunny location, you’ll be able to increase your yields and increase the quality of your produce. Additionally, you may also want to consider adding a solar panel to your greenhouse. This could provide you with power for things like a water drip system or other grow lights.
Pre-Cool Your Greenhouse
Like many agricultural products and processes, your greenhouse needs to be at a certain temperature to be the most efficient. While you may be tempted to use it as soon as you get it, you should wait until temperatures allow for optimal production. What is the optimal temperature for your greenhouse may vary based on where you live, as well as other factors like the time of year.
You can use a thermometer and check the temperature in your greenhouse before you start growing. Opt to have a smaller greenhouse and use a thermometer that can only check the outside temperature and not the inside of the greenhouse. If you see that the outside temperature is higher than what the thermometer reads, you can opt to have your greenhouse open or covered until the temperature is lower.
Ventilation Is Key
Plants can’t thrive without adequate humidity for photosynthesis and general health. If the humidity level in your home drops too low, your plants may dry up and shrivel up. Plants might grow limp and mushy if the humidity level is too high. Keeping a thermometer and installing a gadget that monitors the humidity level in your greenhouse is the best approach to determine the ideal humidity for your plants.
You can use a humidity pen, a jar with a plastic lid, or both as there is also the option of using a hygrometer that is suspended from the ceiling and has its wiring concealed within a plastic tube. Discovering the optimal relative humidity can be done throughseveral methods.
Drought Resistance And Safety
Even though growing food in a greenhouse allows you to harvest fresh food all through the year, there is always the chance of anything going wrong. Suppose a severe storm destroys your greenhouse. What happens if a fire breaks out nearby? It’s important to consider the possibilities for storms and fires in your area before deciding where to put your greenhouse. Locating your greenhouse in a secure area where damage is unlikely is the greatest method to reduce the likelihood of any mishaps.