Cultivating your crops in a greenhouse is indeed a very fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Many people resort to it as their free time hobby. But, the whole concept of a greenhouse is beyond just a hobby and requires specialized skills and knowledge for successful cultivation. There are numerous species of plants, having different growth rates and varied levels of yield.
For people who are newly introduced to greenhouse cultivation, it can be difficult to get the things done in the right manner the first time. But with continuous trial and error, one is bound to become a pro.
The following tips will surely help you in growing fresh vegetables, beautiful flowers, and exotic herbs all year round –
Growth of Seeds
Building a greenhouse can help you in extending the growing seasons of all plants. It can help in growing seasonal vegetables before the actual starting of spring and summers. There are also certain vegetables that can be grown all year round in a greenhouse by controlling the conditions inside. With the right guidance, you would know what seeds to be planted when and plan your own growing schedule. All you need is an investment in the right type of containers, fertilizers, and soil. Other than that, you can buy heating mats or heat cables to encourage the growth of seasonal seeds.
Having the right amount of lighting is essential to the growth of any plant. Usually, greenhouses get a lot of natural light during spring and summer season but during winters and autumn, there isn’t any sufficient light source. But if you install a supplementary lighting system in your greenhouse, then it would at least do the needful for the plant’s strong and healthy growth. Using high-powered LED grow lights are a great option as they can cover a larger area and are energy efficient also.
Greenhouses expanded over a larger area are very difficult to heat during cooler months. To maintain the desired heat, you can use electric heaters inside that are easy to install and are economical at the same time. If you own small greenhouse, then you can use a 120+ volt heater, whereas, for bigger areas, a 240+ volt will be a better option. Many people install gas heaters which serve the same purpose but demands proper ventilation system for a constant supply of fresh air. Whatever way you choose, just keep the right kind of temperature inside your greenhouse to have a consistent yield throughout the year.
Maintaining the desired temperature for the crops doesn’t only mean setting the right heating level, but also mean keeping the right amount of cooling in the greenhouse. Greenhouses located in areas that remain hot for most of the parts of year can be very harmful to the delicate plants. In such a climate, it gets very important to keep a regular check on the temperature. You can open doors of the greenhouse frequently and even use evaporative air coolers to emit the hot air trapped inside the greenhouse.