Advantages of Greenhouse you must know

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Of course, there are so many advantages of greenhouse, if you use it for your gardening.

Advantages of Greenhouse 1) The season does not matter

As we know, most fruits and vegetables have their season that they can be grown. But if you have a greenhouse, you can grow almost any fruits, ornamentals, and vegetables in any season without risk. The greenhouse concept made it possible to have all vegetables throughout the year. Besides, greenhouse technology provides a controlled and favorable environment for the crops to grow in all seasons. Moreover, this concept saves plants from the heat in summer, rain in monsoon and cold in winter.

Advantages of Greenhouse 2) Control Pest and Diseases

The tropical greenhouse allows for the ultimate control of pests and diseases. Birds and insects can be excluded by the appropriate mesh on the sides. Since plants are sheltered from direct rain, many moisture dependent diseases are also easier to control. On the other hand, the humidity can be controlled by misting if desired.

Greenhouses also present the ideal situation for the biological control of pests. When control agents are released, they are restricted to staying within the greenhouse. With such limited space, the predators/ parasites are usually more effective at seeking and destroying the pests. So these are wonderful advantages of greenhouse.

Advantages of Greenhouse 3) No need for adding extra effort

There is no need for heating and lighting in the greenhouse so all that is required is a transparent roof to keep out rain while letting in the sunshine. An appropriate mesh is used on the sides to keep out birds and/or insects. And also the structure must be designed to prevent heat from building up inside.

Rainwater can be collected from buildings on the property and the roof of the greenhouse and stored in a tank. Plants in the greenhouse can then be watered according to their needs.

Also, small greenhouses are becoming more and more available at typical home and garden stores overseas at affordable prices. A greenhouse with a floor area of 80 square feet (8’x10′) [8.8 sq. m] can be used to grow special crops.

Indeed not all plants are worth the effort in the greenhouse. Generally, tomatoes, crucifers, cucumber, squash, sweet peppers, and herbs are the first choices. It helps to stake tomato and cucurbits.

Inside the greenhouse

Planting space inside is increased by making multi-story beds. If you are not planting directly in the soil you can fill pots (or bags laid flat) with a mixture of soil and compost to use as a medium.

Inside the greenhouse, the plants can also be fed organic fertilizers by hydroponics if desired.

When using a greenhouse, it is essential to keep proper sanitation inside. Since the area is enclosed, you have to be sure that you do not take in pests and diseases when you enter.

Furthermore, a homemade greenhouse can be constructed using thin Perspex or sturdy plastic on the roof and insect mesh on the vertical walls (or bird mesh if you only want to exclude birds). Try chain link post materials and fittings for the frame. It would be best to calculate the total cost and then compare it to what it would cost to buy a prefabricated structure. Sometimes putting loops over the beds and covering with translucent mesh may be a cheaper alternative to the walk-in greenhouse structure. Be sure to allow for proper ventilation.

You can also read our previous article:

Top 5 Microgreens You must grow

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