Greenhouses are buildings that are designed specifically to take care of plants and have been around for centuries. If you have been gardening for a while, you have certainly been faced with cold spring or fall nights, even heavy frost when you still had beautiful tomatoes growing on the vine and have had to come up with some kind of plan to protect your plants or risk losing them. Well, those are the moments when gardeners would benefit greatly if they had a greenhouse.
The most important factor about owning a greenhouse is that you can control the temperature, humidity, and general living conditions of your plants. You can plant your seeds in early spring and, because of the plastic enclosure, your air and soil warms up faster during the day and cools more slowly at night. As a result, even if the temperature tips to near zero at night, your plants are safe so you do not have to worry about them.
I remember when my sister who lived in NewBrunswick decided to build one of these homemade greenhouses. In New Brunswick people must wait till May 24 weekend to do their planting and all harvesting should be done by mid September.
When she started using a greenhous she was able to plant her vegetables at least one month earlier . The best part was that this greenhouse made it possible for her to keep her tomatoes on the vine later in the fall and many times potatoes and carrots in the ground much much later in the fall. She just loved how the greenhouse protected her plants.
When you own a greenhouse of your own, you can start your plantings earlier in the season and keep your plants growing throughout the year if you want to. Cooler climate areas can use a heater to keep the temperature in the greenhouse warmer, and your plants will stay warm and safe. Most outside plants turn into crispy critters with the first frost. Your greenhouse plants will still be thriving.
So, yes. . . . with a greenhouse you can significantly extend your growing seasons.
At the same time as a greenhouse keep plants warm for a longer period of time in early spring and late fall, it also protects them from heavy rains or high winds which can occur during thunderstorms…. or even the occasional hail storm.
Some areas get heavy seasonal rainfalls and plants can end up drowning if you grow them outdoors. If you live in Kansas, Seattle or anywhere else that imitates a rainforest, you will be much better off having a greenhouse.
A third reason to consider owning a greenhouse is that your vegetable plants are protected from destructive animals roaming at night. Here in Ontario we have these wild rabbits which can destroy a garden in one night by eating every leaf on the plants. When surrounded with a greenhouse, it is more difficult for animals to intrude and eat your plants.
Fourthly, planting your garden in a greenhouse can also help you win the war against insects. You see, when insects come out, they look for young tender plants to land on. When you plant your garden a month or so earlier, by the time the insects come out looking for plants to feed on, your plants have grown beyond the tenderness they are looking for, so the insects bypass your garden.
In addition, by the greenhouse acting as a barrier between the insects and your garden, you won’t need to use insecticides or pesticides. In other words, you will grow vegetables which will stay healthier. Especially if you add companion planting technique and great compost to nourish your plants, you will have a better chance to grow lush, delicious, nutritious vegetables.
Your organically grown plants will be healthy which in turn will not attract insects. (Insects are attracted to weak and sick plants.) So by using a greenhouse, you always know your vegetable plants are safe and healthy.
One last factor is that greenhouses are also beneficial because they give you a great way to showcase all your plants. You can display them however you want and every time you walk into the greenhouse you can smile and feel like it is springtime all over again.
There are obviously some fantastic benefits offered by owning home greenhouses. To start taking advantage you will need your own greenhouse. If you have people there to help you out, making your own greenhouse is definitely a viable option. Home greenhouses bring a whole new dimension to gardening, and there is no better time to get one than now.