In late spring, when the earth has warmed up enough, almost any gardener might say that it is common to plant the seedlings into the open ground in your yard. Some people say that you can forget about your greenhouse until it gets cold. We say – don’t be in a big rush.
The key feature of the greenhouse is that it can and has to be used year-round. The main thing is to correctly use the house and create an optimal micro-climate for your plants.
So why is it beneficial to use a greenhouse in the summer?
In summer, depending on the region where you live, the weather is usually gets very hot. But on occasion your area might get a mother natures surprise. A storm, unexpected temperature drop, drought, or prolonged rains – any of these weather changes can affect if not destroy your crop. During such weather conditions, most of the plants planted outside will experience significant stress: cucumbers fade, tomatoes turning black, dill and salad drying up, berries growing too small and watery.
In the greenhouse you can control the climate conditions. Darken if necessary by using a shade cloth, continuously ventilate during hottest days of summer, protect your plants from gusts of high winds and rain, and at the same time keep maintaining needed humidity levels. In addition, the weeds won’t be big a issue since they would grow more reluctant, and there definitely be much fewer pests.
All these artificially created conditions favor gardening activities. Even with a limited grow space, you can grow a crop that gives the same way if not times higher than the yield obtained on the open ground. Not to mention that you can harvest several times during the summer.
What can I grow in a greenhouse in the summer?
In the summer greenhouse you can grow almost anything. But is it worth the hassle of potatoes, carrots or beets, if those specific veggies can grow just fine in the open yard?
For your summer greenhouse, it’s better to switch to plants that could sustain the heat and bring you plenty of crop. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, and other heat-loving plants, raised in the soil from early spring, could be the best choice for your summer greenhouse garden. As long as they have plenty of moisture in the soil, they will continue to produce throughout the summer in a warm greenhouse. Here are few other plants that could perfectly fit in your summer greenhouse:
- Greens are always needed too. Yes, they can grow just fine under the open sky with good weather but if planted in a greenhouse – they could grow much faster.
- Salad. Seedlings are not needed, you can plant a salad every 2 weeks. Provided that the temperature is right in the greenhouse, it also grows very quickly. Some note on care – water right under the root, without getting on the leaves, loosen the ground, weed the soil. Do not plant salad in heap. Varieties: lettuce, romaine, asparagus salad, cabbage, watercress.
- Strawberries love well-lit places, warmth and loose soil. That is why it’s good to mix the soil with peat. On the open ground it grows in one tier. In the greenhouse, you can use the “block method”. Strawberries are planted in garden boxes, and then put on the rack in several layers. If you don’t get enough light during the day, we recommend using artificial LED grow light. Carry out a system for drip irrigation in order to simplify your care. If the conditions are met, you can get over 100 lbs of harvest in the greenhouse.
- Dill has very capricious culture, and therefore perfect for growing in a greenhouse during summer. It needs good lighting, a temperature levels of at least 60 degrees F (15 C), and a well-moistened soil. Dill grows about 2 months. But it’s worth it, since with 10 square feet of grow space you can collect up to 5 lbs of this green seasoning, periodically cutting off the green tops.
- Parsley. It grows either by sowing seeds, and after germination in a wet cloth planted into soil, or planting root crops to a depth of 6 inches, with the step between the roots of about 2 inches. Throughout the summer. using the first method you can get over 3 lbs of harvest per 10 sq. ft. of grow space. The second method is a bit more difficult, but it would be more resistant. Care for parsley is simple – weeding, watering, and properly ventilating.
- Green onions. Before planting, make sure the soil is loosened, fertilized and leveled. Plant the seedlings with 1 inch steps between each. In order to support quick growth of spouts, it can be covered with thatch straws mixed with manure.
Each plant has its own tricks for most optimal growing it in summer. But all of them have something in common – they all need good air ventilation, weeding (if necessary), watering, temperature control and soil feeding.
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