Similar to any other pass time, such as going on a bike ride, watching a movie on Netflix, riding in a classic car, or other similar acts, gardening can be incredibly refreshing and economical as well.
And identical to any of these activities mentioned above, it can be done all year round with proper management.
Contrary to popular opinion, the ideal time of the gardening year starts in late winter, not in spring, seed acquisition, preparation, and first Sowing.
A greenhouse or hoop house allows you to plant and maintain seedlings in a more pleasant environment. There will be no more painful back from kneeling over a cold frame!
On top of that, using a greenhouse for gardening can produce great results in growing houseplants such as Calathea, Pothos, Philodendron, or other similar plants. Even a modest greenhouse may be utilized every single month of the year.
Greenhouse for early Sowing
I adore those bright, sunny days in late winter through early spring when I’m outside my greenhouse happily seeding leeks or other early starters with my pet at my feet – both of us taking advantage of the sun’s little burst of warmth through the glass.
Early sowings are best germinated indoors because it’s costly to heat a greenhouse or polytunnel.
Seeds can be started in any warm location, such as on top of the freezer or in an airing cupboard, and kept under a propagator lid or in a plastic bag to keep moistness high.
With the wood-burning stove softly heating them from below on my mantelpiece, I start my number-one favorite method for starting early seeds.
Leeks, onions, and cabbage family plants can be transplanted to the greenhouse to develop in bright light once germinating.
Drape them with the plastic row or garden fleece covers if they need additional protection from the cold. If it’s too chilly for more sensitive seedlings like tomatoes outside, keep them inside.
In the spring, sow in trays and pots for later transplanting outside. Crop lettuces, carrots, radishes, and beetroots can be directly sown into greenhouse borders for a short crop earlier than their outdoor-sown counterparts.
Summer is approaching, so it’s time to start transplanting container-grown seedlings outside to free up space undercover.
Look out for the weather forecast and be prepared with garden fleece to wrap transplants if there’s a danger of a cold snap after they’ve been planted outdoors.
When the soil temperature is correct, start seeds in greenhouse borders, pots, or growing bags in your home.
You may also use the greenhouse as a transition location for hardening off before setting out into your garden beds.
Summer is a busy season in the greenhouse. I’m not going to lie – growing plants in a greenhouse takes more effort than outside.
Watering, feeding, and pest control all take considerable amounts of attention. When the weather warms up, pay attention to ventilation, shading, and damping down.
Why not start growing squash and beans in the greenhouse before moving them outside, or why not try cultivating them undercover for the entire summer to see if you can enhance your yield?
Pole beans thrive in my greenhouse, where they love the heat and protection from powerful winds.
Stack your onions or garlic in trays to cure if the weather becomes wet when you harvest them.
Later on, stack pumpkins and winter squashes in the greenhouse. Why not grow potatoes in pots for a Christmas plant?
To Extend the Season, Grow under Cover
It’s time to plant your fall and winter crops well before the summer harvests are done.
This period may be as stressful as the late spring/early summer transition, and careful preparation is required to ensure that you have enough room for everything.
On the other hand, summer crops may be reused for salad seedlings, such as a late crop of arugula, spinach, winter lettuce varieties, and orchard. It’s time to do some greenhouse upkeep once the thrill of the primary growing season has worn off.
Check to see whether your greenhouse is windproof. If you’re expecting freezing weather throughout the winter, cover the inside of the windows with horticultural bubble wrap to keep the structure warm.
Plastic bottles or Fleece with the bottom removed can be used to keep plants from being frozen.
You may also cover herbs such as chives over the winter to guarantee fresh produce for longer, or you can force an early strawberry crop by bringing them inside in late winter.
If your greenhouse is big enough, you may even cultivate fewer hardy fruits like peaches, nectarines, figs, or grapes in it.
Furthermore, another benefit of using a greenhouse is that it may be utilized to keep compost and other gardening media throughout the winter, allowing you to access your potting mix components when you need them.
If the weather is freezing, draping them in burlap or Fleece may help prevent freezing.
The tips in this article will help you extend your growing season whether you have a small greenhouse or a large one.
By using a greenhouse, you can keep plants warm during cold weather and continue to harvest fresh produce well into the winter. Pay attention to the weather forecast and be prepared to take action if there is a danger of a cold snap after your plants have been transplanted outdoors.
You can also start many of your seeds in the greenhouse and use the greenhouse as a transition location for hardening off before setting out into your garden beds. Be sure to keep an eye on ventilation, shading, and damping down when the weather warms up.