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greenhouse gardening basics

Greenhouse Gardening Basics

Greenhouse Gardening – The Basics

A few basic items that we recommend you start off with and some words of encouragement!

 

The time has finally come. After all the hours of researching, sifting through greenhouse blogs and forums, having those off and on feelings about making the decision and debating whether or not you have the time and energy to even use one; You have purchased your own greenhouse! And frankly it should be one of the best decisions you made! Greenhouse’s not only give you a space to grow and overwinter plants but the enrichment gardening brings to people’s lives is incredible. And let’s not down play the fact that you will save a few bucks too! But once you have made it through the pain and hectic-ness of finding your perfect greenhouse, building the foundation, greenhouse assembly and the spendy electrician… where do you start? Greenhouse gardening is not as scary as it looks. The greenhouse itself will do a lot of the work for you. Light, air circulation, heat and controls are provided for you. Sunglo’s packages include lighting, ventilation system (for air circulation), heater, controls, etc. – To make life easier on you. Once these have been electrically hooked up you can focus on the fun stuff!

I am a beginner gardener myself and I started off with a small lean-to greenhouse but had no idea where to start! Luckily I had some help and now can say I have an ity bity tiny amount of experience under my belt!

If you own a Sunglo greenhouse you should either have the built in benches and shelves or purchased your own bench system. Obviously this design depends on the type of plants and amount of plants you intend to grow. But adequate space for pots and thingy majigs will make life easier.

 

Here is a list of items I suggest you purchase to start off-

  1. A large bag of soil – Go with a brand that will feed the plants for 90+ days and is suitable for indoor/outdoor gardening. (If you have good compost in your garden already, a special fine seed starter soil without the nutrients might be best.)

 

  1. Seeds! – Choose 3-5 packets to start with and make sure they are appropriate for the season. I would suggest some flowers and tomatoes. Also, read the back of the packet. Seed packets have a great deal of info on the back and the difference between needing full sun and partial shade etc. may sway your decisions.

 

  1. Plants – You want your greenhouse to feel like a garden, so choose a few pretty, green, grown plants to stick in the corners or pull them from the plants you already own. I like cacti and succulents. They are easy to care for and look great! Don’t forget to grab a few pretty pots to transfer them into. The book “The Greenhouse Expert” by Dr. D.G. Hessayon is very useful and provides detailed information on greenhouse plants. I would pick up this book immediately!

 

  1. Little things – Grab a few seed trays (You know the black trays with 50+ squares), you’ll want a small and a large water can, a few 5 gallon buckets for plant scraps, a small circulation fan (unless you have one from Sunglo already), work gloves (get 2 pairs JIC!), hand trowel (small garden shovel), and take a look through all the goodies in your local nursery or garden store. There are always fun things you can pick up!

 

It really depends on the plants you will be growing to determine what kinds of accessories you will want. Eventually you might want to upgrade your atmospheric controls or install some extra shelving. Greenhouses are so fun and customizable. Follow your heart! And remember you can always change things around. Nothing is permanent.

 

The main things to remember are light, temperature and water. As long as you give your plants adequate light, keep the desired temperature and water your plants to their specific needs you should have no problems! – OK you might run into a few along the way! I won’t lie to you! But those things are for later on. Enjoy your greenhouse! Experiment with different plants and flowers. Find your passion and relax in your own paradise! That is what a greenhouse is all about. Fulfilling your passion and creating your own oasis.

 

Need help? You can always contact us at Sunglo for any questions about your greenhouse or growing. And Visit us on Facebook to see what other customers have done to their greenhouses and what they have growing!

Top 5 Greenhouse Gardening Books

Are you a greenhouse gardener? As most gardeners know there is always more to learn! Check out these top selling greenhouse gardening books and improve on your own gardening skills!

The Greenhouse Expert – Author: Dr. D.G. Hessayon

My personal favorite: Whether you already own a greenhouse or you’re thinking about buying or building one, greenhouse gardener hessayonhere’s the vital information in full color you need to get the most from your money, effort and time. “The Greenhouse Expert offers data on structure and equipment (including installation instructions on floors, gutters, doors, lighting, ventilators, blinds, shelving, insulation, glazing, and heating); greenhouse plants (a list covering 58 pages) and care (of both structure and plants). There is a chapter dealing with pests and diseases and a month-by-month calendar on when to do what.”

 

 

Greenhouse Gardening – Made Easy – Author: Simon Marlow

This book will lead you through the complete process of purchasing, setting up and greenhouse gardening bookmaintaining your greenhouse. Once you have a functioning greenhouse you then need to understand what makes your plants grow. Heat, soil and water are critical to your growing success. This guide describes how best to optimize these parameters so that you are able to grow the plants you want not only in spring and summer but also through fall and winter. This ebook shows you how to get the best from your greenhouse by taking the next step to great growing of all types of plants vegetables and flowers at anytime of the year.

 

 

Organic Gardening – Author: Geoff Hamilton

A classic guide to growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables the natural, chemical-free way has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest thinking and techniques. Written by one of the UK’s best-loved gardening personalities and a keen advocate of the greenhouse gardening bookorganic approach, this book will be appreciated by the novice and the experienced gardener alike. Whether you want to grow better-tasting fruit and vegetables untainted by chemicals, find natural methods of pest and weed control, or create a garden that is safer for your children, pets and wildlife this book is your practical, easy-to-follow guide to gardening.With practical advice and instructions and step-by-step photographs and artworks, the author explains how to grow delicious, healthy produce as well as how to turn your garden into a safe haven for children, pets, and wildlife. Contents include: soil improvement; organic pest & disease control; weed control; hedges, trees & shrubs; containers; the vegetable garden and more!

 

How to Garden – Greenhouse Gardening – Author: Alan Titchmarsh

The ultimate guide to greenhouse planting—the ideal place to propagate seedlings, greenhouse gardening booknurture young plants, experiment with exotic planting, and hide from the rain. The greenhouse is one of the most useful tools a gardener can have, and this book provides all the information and advice any gardener needs to set up a greenhouse and get their planting going. The advice offered includes guidance on selecting, installing, and maintaining a greenhouse; recommended vegetables, fruit, herbs, and ornamental plants for growing under cover; practical advice on general care, harvesting, storage, propagation, and pest control; a seasonal management guide etc.

 

The Greenhouse Gardener – Author: Anne Swithinbank

A greenhouse can be a garden’s greatest asset: its nucleus and powerhouse. There are many ways of using it and a gardener can adopt one or all of them. In spring, you can greenhouse gardening bookstart young plants from seed; raise tender perennials to fill gaps in the garden; give young vegetable plants a head start; sow early lettuce while the soil is too sticky to work outdoors. During spring and summer, you can raise greenhouse crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillis. You’ll be able to overwinter tender plants such as bananas and cannas. And the greenhouse can be a showcase full of beautiful, unusual and exotic plants.Trained at Kew and for many years Glasshouse Supervisor at the RHS Garden at Wisley, Anne Swithinbank is the expert on greenhouse gardening.

 

All of these books can be found for sale at the Google Store.

 

 

 

Recipes – Prime Soup Season!

I love food! So I have decided to mix it up a bit and start a monthly recipe blog post series! Showcasing my favorite recipes and copycat recipes from my recipe book and from around the web! SO here is the very first recipe post: Top 5 winter soup recipes!

Who doesn’t love a hearty chili or a classic chicken soup? Winter time is prime soup season. And I have traveled the web and through my recipe books to find my favorite recipes, that I know you will enjoy! So please pick 1 or pick them all and get your soup on!

 

French Onion SoupFrench Onion

Oh baby, I love onions! I could eat them raw, baked, blanched, battered, fried, grilled, barbecued you name it. But French onion soup is at the top of my list of onion recipes. The warm gooey cheese sinking the crusty bread into the savory, beefy, oniony flavored broth … MMM! This is my favorite winter soup!

Roasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower Soup

Don’t be afraid, I know it sounds fancy but this was a hard one to put at 2nd place. This soup changed my mind about cauliflower. Every other time I have eaten cauliflower I just did not enjoy it. This soup is absolutely delicious. I omitted the prosciutto for bacon and left out the almonds and it was perfect for my taste buds. This is a crowd pleaser and if you want to impress someone with your cooking skills this winter but with little effort and big reward this is the recipe to use!

Butternut Squash SoupButternut Squash Soup

Squash is kind of a foreign food to me. I have not experimented much with squash but acorn and butternut are the ones I always go for. The first time I had butternut squash soup was when my mother brought home a store bought container of it on a “no cook” night. It was amazing! This recipe is delicious. If you have never tried butternut soup this is the one to try. It’s easy and will warm your belly right up!

White ChiliWhite Chicken Chili

Chicken chili doesn’t sound very hearty. At least that’s what my boyfriend thought before this recipe. When people think of chili they almost always think of beef chili. But boy I’ll tell you this white chicken chili will change your mind! It is superfast and the left overs are just as good as the first day. This is a must try recipe!

Cocunut Chicken SoupCoconut Chicken Curry Soup

I don’t know about you but my boyfriend and I are in love with Thai food. I mean we have been to probably all of the Thai restaurants around our town. This soup has a creamy coconut flavor that just doesn’t get any better than paired with rice and a few lime wedges! I use curry paste instead of powder and microwaved some carrots, chopped them and threw them in to add some more color and crunchy. Superb!

Baked Potato SoupBacked Potato Soup

I had to put this recipe on the list because it is just the best winter soup to eat curled up under a blanket with your honey. We love this recipe because its hearty and cheesy and we always have the best night sleep after a huge serving! Try this recipe please, it will become a favorite, I just know it!