How you can use your greenhouse all year round
How to use a greenhouse in the spring and summer, all amateur gardeners already know. It remains only to choose what and when to plant in order to continuously receive a crop. But how your greenhouse can serve you at another time, we will talk here.
The greenhouse must have a reliable frame, be located on an elevated area on the south side of the building. The foundation must be insulated from the outside, all cracks must be sealed, and reflective screens and dark film must be used.
Using an unheated greenhouse in winter
In an unheated greenhouse, various cold-resistant crops successfully winter:
- early carrots and beets,
You can also plant onion sets for seedlings or onions for greens. In an unheated greenhouse, you can store bulbs of hyacinths, crocuses, as well as rhizomes of dahlias, chrysanthemums, and in February place bulbs of saffron, iris, narcissus to produce flowers. The greenhouse can also be used for sowing some flowers – lilies, begonias, gloxinia, coleus. Closer to spring, legumes, corn, thyme can be sown for transplanting to open areas.
In the event of a sharp cold snap in winter, you can quickly cover it with special planting materials right in the greenhouse.
Using a heated greenhouse in winter
If we are talking about heated greenhouses, then there are more opportunities. After harvesting the summer-autumn crop and sanitary and preventive work, the gardener decides that it is better to plant in the winter in a greenhouse. You must know what temperatures will be stably maintained inside the greenhouse. When its value is less than +15 °C, many plants stop developing and may die or not bear fruit.
A heated polycarbonate greenhouse can be used for growing cucumbers, tomatoes, seedlings, year-round cultivation of greens or some flowers. Some hardworking gardeners manage to grow even strawberries in a greenhouse in winter. This is a rather laborious and responsible process. But even a gardener with little experience can handle breeding in winter in a greenhouse of unpretentious greenery. Dill requires a sufficient amount of light. Prepared seeds are sown directly into the ground, for continuous harvesting, sowing is done every two weeks. Green onions can also be planted in winter. Having previously fed the soil, and then watered abundantly, in a month you will harvest the first crop. Head, leaf and varietal varieties of lettuce develop perfectly in winter in closed ground. These crops require subcortex and a temperature of about + 18-20 ° C, as well as additional lighting and sufficient watering.
A modern and reliable polycarbonate greenhouse provides a good opportunity to grow herbs, vegetables or flowers for sale. Before you start this kind of business, you should consider the cost of energy, the necessary costs of planting material, fertilizers, watering, and pest control. In terms of market demand, greens (green onions, parsley, dill, lettuce, mint and basil) are the most sought after in winter, and they are the least whimsical. Some recommend growing mushrooms, and the flower business is considered the most profitable.