Though my greenhouse isn’t that large, it is easily becoming one of my favorite parts of my backyard. I love opening the door to our greenhouse and soaking in all of the heat and humidity! Since we have built our outdoor greenhouse, I’ve planted things like tomatoes, watermelon, and even strawberries inside to help protect them from nature’s elements. And it’s made a huge difference! I have tons of healthy fruits! If you’re interested in creating a nurturing greenhouse of your own, follow these tips and tricks below:
Plenty of ventilation is key for any good greenhouse. After all, you don’t want your plants to cook alive! Look into an automatic hydraulic vent opener that will open your vents as soon as your greenhouse hits a certain temperature every day. You may also find that a few fans are needed to help move the hot air through the building.
Put a digital thermometer on the wall of your greenhouse so you can accurately monitor the temperature of the space throughout the day. You can even connect the thermometer to your hydraulic ventilation system so that the vents open when the thermometer hits a certain temperature. Seriously, there’s nothing more depressing than coming home to find that all of your plants have been roasted alive.
Combat a hot greenhouse by creating shady spaces with shade cloth in your greenhouse. Use a shade cloth with 30-50 percent shade, and line your walls with this material. This step will help keep your plants protected from the scorching sun. Not only that, but the cloth will help keep your space cooler so you don’t have to spend tons of money to keep your ventilation fans running.
Though there’s nothing wrong with having a dirt floor in your greenhouse, it can be better to line your flooring with gravel. Or even pavers, if you’re willing to take on a project of that magnitude. Gravel can help prevent your walkways from getting muddy, while pavers can provide more stability when working on tool benches in your greenhouse.
Starting your seeds properly is necessary for their long-term success. To do so, make sure that you have plenty of seed starting trays and the correct soil for your project. Here’s a link to purchase my favorite seed starting trays and a tutorial for the entire process here.