If you have a greenhouse in your backyard, then you are truly blessed. You have a wonderful space to grow plants during chilly weather; a warm cozy place to spend a sunny winter day; or even a quiet, private hideaway when life gets overwhelming.
Using your greenhouse in any one of these ways is great; however, most people have a greenhouse for plants – a place to grow their own vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs. By using your greenhouse mainly for growing plants in a controlled environment, you can be sure that what you’re eating is grown the way you want it.
It can be free of unwanted pesticides that most commercially produced vegetables might have. You can grow your favorite varieties, and experiment with new types.
If you like flowers, then a greenhouse is perfect for you. Try some exotic flowers and plants in your greenhouse, because they are bound to do well in the controlled environment a greenhouse offers.
Let’s take a look at some requirements of greenhouse farming, so you can make sure your plants get what they need to thrive, and that your gardening efforts aren’t wasted.
Let’s consider the best way to start seeds growing. Most greenhouse gardeners like to plant seeds in flats, set up off the ground. This allows you to better work with the seedlings, to monitor their growth, and to keep the soil warmer than if they were sitting directly on the ground.
Use a good soil mix for starting your seedlings. You can buy commercially made planting soil, or you can make your own by mixing 1/3 garden soil and 1/3 well-seasoned compost and 1/3 sand. You know your seedling mixture is perfect if it is fine textured and crumbly, and tends to fall apart after being squeezed in your hand. Mix it well, and spread it in the flats. Plant your seeds according to the directions on the seed packets.
When the temperature soars, the humidity inside your greenhouse drops, and if it drops below 30 percent, moisture is pulled out of the plants through their leaves, and the growth of your plants is seriously hindered. greenhouse air conditioner
A misting system produces favorable, consistent conditions throughout the entire year, which helps increase germination and growth rates, helps to control diseases, and reduces plant stress.
A greenhouse misting system causes the greenhouse to cool and humidify by spraying a mist of very fine water. This mist is easily evaporated, bringing the temperature of the greenhouse down. Temperatures may be lowered by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity levels can be maintained near 90 percent.
Because an overly damp greenhouse environment can cause molds and other disease problems, some greenhouses are using a similar process called a greenhouse fogging system.
High-pressure pumps force water through tubing out through special fog misting nozzles, creating a fog-like mist. Humidity and cooling are accurately controlled, without causing noticeable wetness to the surfaces of your plants and greenhouse interior.