Greenhouse Shading Options

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

Greenhouse Shading

The reasons when people shade their greenhouses are to protect plants from the direct rays of the hot summer sun and to help keep the greenhouse cool. There are numerous ways of providing the needed shade, all equally satisfactory. Some will require more maintenance than others.

Whitewashing is perhaps the most widely used method of greenhouse shading. Sometime in mid or late spring, a white paint-like solution is brushed or sprayed on the exterior of the glass parts of the greenhouse. The solution can be a commercial whitewash made for use on greenhouses or a white, cold-water paint. Apply the whitewash like paint. One greenhouse gardener used his Continue reading →

Glass Room – The Perfect Combination of Garden and Living Space

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Glass Room

Add a greenhouse section or glass room to a house and the result is like a hybrid between a greenhouse and a patio. Architects, who incorporate glass rooms into many homes, both new and old, know that prefabricated greenhouse sections dramatically enhance a home while creating a place in which to relax. Unlike a greenhouse, this special glass room has people as its focal point. Plants are not a necessity, though they can flourish and provide a soothing background.

# Select the site for your glass room before choosing the sections.

Two locations are favored for glass rooms that will contain many plants: one is at ground level against a sunny wall; the other is on an upper level enclosing an existing porch or balcony. In very hot areas, a north-facing location is best — there’s plenty of light but less heat. Southern, eastern, and western exposures are better in coastal and other cool areas and are suitable also in hot areas if certain precautions are taken. Continue reading →

Once You’ve Decided to Buy a Backyard Greenhouse! PART 2

* This is PART TWO of a two-part article about “Backyard Greenhouse”. PART ONE can be found here.

 

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Let’s consider more choices of backyard greenhouses after making a decision to purchase one for your garden.

# Opt for the Secondhand Greenhouse

Occasionally you may find a used greenhouse that will fill your need. And a good secondhand greenhouse will probably be much less expensive than a new one. Possible sources include greenhouse gardeners who are buying larger greenhouses and people uninterested in gardening who purchase property that contains a backyard greenhouse.

One way to locate a secondhand greenhouse is to advertise. If your area has a local shopper newspaper, use it, or inquire through the classified section of your regular newspaper. At the present time, secondhand greenhouses are not common items, so you will need Continue reading →

Once You’ve Decided to Buy a Backyard Greenhouse!

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

The decision to buy a backyard greenhouse is probably based on several factors — reputable greenhouse manufacturers carry well-designed and engineered units in a wide range of prices; prefabricated models are relatively easy to assemble in a short time; many greenhouse suppliers offer the necessary equipment or will order it for you.

You may have additional reasons for preferring the convenience of buying a greenhouse, such as a particular design or type of building material that would be difficult to duplicate. Whatever your reasons, purchasing a backyard greenhouse will provide you with a super-strong structure that can be completely operative in a short time.

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Backyard Greenhouse

Continue reading →

Tips on Growing Plants from Plant Cuttings

Cuttings

Cuttings

Cuttings

Cuttings

Cuttings

Starting plants from cuttings is a great way to increase your plant collection. Also, plants grown from cutting will be just like their parents, whereas seeds may develop into plants very differs from their parents.

# Leaf Cuttings

Succulents or fleshy-leaved plants are best for this type of propagation. With a razor blade, cleanly cut firm, healthy leaves from the parent plant. Continue reading →

Top Tips on Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Have you ever wondered how a seed gets its start? The process is called germination. And when it begins, life within the seed begins, too. Germination depends on the seed’s being planted at the proper depth and having in the soil the right combination of water, air, and temperature.

Some seeds are as large as pebbles; others are of dustlike smallness. Within a protective coat, each seed contains an embryo plant and a supply of stored food to start the young plant on its way. It is these stored foods that we eat in grains, peas, beans, and nuts.

When germination occurs, the seed coat splits, a rootlet starts downward, and a sprout carrying the seed leaves makes its way toward the soil surface. Seed leaves usually differ in appearance from the plant’s mature leaves. As soon as the true leaves expand, usually in a day or so, the young plant can function on its own. Continue reading →

Cold Frames – The Other Structures for Growing Plants PART 2

* This is part two of a two-part article about “Cold Frames”. Part one can be found here.

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

A cold frame will collect and trap heat by admitting sunlight during the day through its clear plastic/glass covering; and also helps maintain the heat radiated out at night. This almost airtight structure can lessen evaporation losses of moisture as well. The simplest piece of garden tools that employs the principle of a heat and moisture trap is the hotcap, a dome of heavy wax paper used to protect your plants from the frosts.

In planning a cold frame, start with the dimension of the cover. If you are not restricted to a certain size, choose dimensions that will fit some multiple of a standard planting flat. Flats come in several sizes. Make your frame with enough leeway, so you can lift flats in and out without pinching your fingers. Continue reading →

Cold Frames – The Other Structures for Growing Plants

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Greenhouses are not the only garden structures used for growing plants. Cold frames can also alter your climate and create the artificial atmosphere that promotes plant growth. Cold frames — and their heated versions, hotbeds — are so perfect for sprouting your seeds and rooting your cuttings as well as protecting them from cold weather.

Many home gardeners consider a cold frame an essential tool for successful year-round gardening. A well-built cold frame is nearly as useful as a small greenhouse. The obvious differences between cold frame and greenhouse are that cold frame takes up far less space and will cost almost nothing if you build it with scrap lumber. Continue reading →

Basic Tips on How to Grow Healthy Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden Roses

Garden roses have been one of the most popular flowering plants that most home gardeners prefer for a very long, long time. Not only are roses the most beautiful flowers that people frequently use for expressing love and passion, they are also the most amazingly fragrant flowers that you can’t miss to plant in your garden.

General Growing Requirement for Garden Roses

# Light Continue reading →

Greenhouse Construction | Choose the Best Greenhouse Site PART 2

* This is part two of a two-part article about “Greenhouse Construction”. Part one can be found here.

Greenhouse Construction

Greenhouse Construction

Greenhouse Construction

Greenhouse Construction

Greenhouse Construction

Here come the rest of the considerations we’ve mentioned previously. Please check them out!

 

– Anything that blocks sunlight from reaching your greenhouse interior that you cannot control or change is defined as a light obstruction. Houses and other structures on someone else’s property; a hill or slope; trees or hedges owned by a neighbor; trees or shrubs on your own property that you prefer to keep — all would this criteria. Keep in mind that the ideal location for a greenhouse would be free of these obstructions. However, finding a location completely free of obstacles will he practically impossible for most gardeners, especially those living in urban or suburban areas.

The location of these obstacles is very important. Obstructions located to the south and east of the greenhouse are most detrimental since they block the main concentration of sunlight. Obstacles to the west of the greenhouse are usually tolerable since they block the later rays of sun which are hotter and can damage plants. Continue reading →