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6 Basic Tips for Greenhouse Gardening

Most people jump into greenhouse farming with high hopes and great enthusiasm. While all these are admirable traits for any inspiring gardener, the learning curve is often steep. To ensure your gardening efforts are successful, you need to follow practical steps, pay attention to smaller details, and establish a strong foundation.

6 Starter Tips for Successful Greenhouse Gardening

1. Get a Thermometer

A thermometer is perhaps the single most important equipment you will ever need. Having a thermometer at hand all the time will keep you informed about when to heat, cool, shade, and ventilate your greenhouse. This is a basic you can't do without.

2. Keep the Greenhouse Clean and Tidy

Keeping your greenhouse neat and tidy can be a tedious task, but always put tools and equipment in their proper place. Having a disorganized greenhouse with equipment spread about could mean you're inviting to insects, slugs, and snails. Plus, knowing where each item is all the time will save you time during routine activities, such as watering, weeding, and potting.

3. Space Out Your Plants as Required

Most people space their plants by looking at the plant's current size and forget the plants will continue to grow and require more spacing. This is more so a common mistake among greenhouse beginners. Prepare for plant growth by determining the space they will need when they reach the maturity stage.

Overcrowding stresses your plants as they have to compete for light, moisture, and nutrients. It further promotes an easy spread of disease and insect damage. Remember to leave some space for you to move around during harvesting and routine activities.

4. Consider Starting With Seeds Rather Than Cuttings or Seedlings

While starting with seedlings and cuttings may shorten the time it takes to reach the harvesting stage, beginning with seeds has its advantages. First, seeds reduce the probability of disease, mite, and insect attack.

Secondly, by assessing how well the seeds germinate from your greenhouse soil, you will be able to determine if your soil quality is a good fit for the plants to grow on. You might notice gapped germination, unhealthy seedlings, and insect presence in the early stage. This will help begin your gardening with healthy plants and discard the weak or disease-infected ones.

5. Start With Greenhouse-Specific Plants

The learning curve is more enjoyable when you try your hand at something that only thrives better inside a greenhouse. Try some heat-loving vegetables or tropical flowers. Successfully managing to grow such greenhouse-specific plants is both exhilarating and proves you've mastered the art.

6. Watch Out for Pests and Diseases

Detect pests early and keep them away by installing insect screens on air intakes. Also, only use seeds potted or planted inside your greenhouse to prevent the introduction of diseases from the outside environment.

Greenhouse farming can be a fun and fulfilling activity when done correctly. Follow the above tips and seek external advice where need be, and you are sure to have an enjoyable greenhouse farming experience. Check out our Large Growing Systems and find a greenhouse that is right for you.
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