~ Congratulations on joining the army of householders across the world that want to grow fresh fruit and vegetables at home! A greenhouse is the ideal outdoor structure to keep your plants sheltered, safe, organized, and ensure they grow strong and healthy.
There is no denying greenhouses are a valuable addition to any home where the householders want organic and fresh fruit and vegetables with zero carbon footprint. Are you new to the world of greenhouses? If so, this handy guide is for you!
The following primer will help you select the right greenhouse for your outdoor space. It will also give you some practical and inspirational ideas to ensure your fruit and vegetables are bursting with nutrients. Here’s what you need to know:
Choose a Greenhouse
First, evaluate the size of the greenhouse for your daily needs. Look into available outdoor space open to you and the amount of time per day you will be able to attend to your new green friend; the last thing you want to do is buy an oversized greenhouse structure to erect in your backyard!
Similarly, a greenhouse that is too small for the fruit and vegetables you wish to grow will mean an underwhelming yield when your plants are ready for picking. It makes sense to head outdoors with a tape measure and make a note of the space available to you.
Choosing the site for your Greenhouse
Did you know that some people fail to consider where they want to place their greenhouse in their backyards? The site you choose is as crucial a step as selecting the greenhouse itself. That’s because your plants will need plenty of light and sunshine to grow strong and healthy.
If you situate your greenhouse in a shade, you will likely discover your plants will not thrive well. Be sure to evaluate the areas of your backyard and decide where you get the most light and sunshine.
Leveling the Ground
Once you have determined the size of a greenhouse to get, you must prepare the ground before purchasing and installing the one you want. Earth and foundation should be as leveled and evened as possible to prevent any accidental damage to your plants or the greenhouse itself.
If you are placing your new greenhouse on a concrete base, you can probably skip this step as the ground is likely to be level.
Preparing your Backyard
Fencing might be a good idea, shrubbery or walls if none exists already. Doing so will prevent wild life from entering your backyard and attempting to seek shelter inside your greenhouse.
Pest Authority and other pest controllers can check your outdoor spaces for potential rodent infestations and lay down humane traps. Please secure the household garbage and seal trash cans with lids to deter the rodents.
Choosing the best Greenhouse
Now that you are taken care of the preparation work, it is time to go out and buy the best greenhouse that fits your needs. Backyard Greenhouses has an excellent selection of high-quality greenhouses for your outdoor space.
There are so many versions, although a well-constructed investment that provides the right protection against rain, wind, and animal predators, would be wise. Take a look at this YouTube video for some advice on choosing the best greenhouse.
Note that most greenhouses will get delivered to you as ‘flat-pack’ items. Will you be able to dedicate some time assembling it?
Organizing your Greenhouse
Once your new greenhouse is available to use, think organizing. Just yesterday I noted that some social media friends were giving away free wooden pallets. I thought it would be useful to people that need to organize in their green house as well.
You could even repurpose old pallets and use them as shelves or tables. It doesn’t matter what you use, as long as it’s stable enough to house heavy plants.
And of course the best part is to start planting. Your favorite fruits and vegetable seeds are waiting to be of use to you. Go for it.
Have an absolutely green and inspiring day, my dear friends.
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