With the summer we have just had, if you could call it that, we find winter has come around all a bit too quickly. You might think that with the night’s drawing in or the drop in temperature will put an end to your gardening and crop growing this year, but you’ll find a greenhouse is the perfect remedy for this and you won’t find yourself waiting till next year until you have to grow again.
Advantages of a Greenhouse
The main advantage of a greenhouse over winter is that it allows you to take control of the environment that your plants are growing in. Although the weather might be cold and harsh on the inside there are many items that can help you maintain that optimum growing temperature for plants. Firstly, the first item of real benefit is a good thermostat as this will help you monitor the temperature inside and help you to keep it regulated to that perfect temperature. With today’s technology you can even purchase ones that you can monitor wireless from the comfort of your home.
To help with heat inside your greenhouse you could look at purchasing a greenhouse heater. This is a great way to pump warm air in and around your greenhouse to provide your plants with the warmth they need to grow. To help retain the heat you can try and insulate your greenhouse. Covering vents and holes that were previously used to cool plants in the summer will help you keep the warmth internally. You can use paper, old fabric or even bubble wrap, which will also help with reducing the amount of frost on your plants.
Winter Vegetables to Grown In a Greenhouse
‘Leafy’ vegetables grow well in a greenhouse over winter and it is the perfect way to give them best possible start to next year. Plants such as lettuces and other salad plants are really easy to go as they do not require a lot of sunlight and can survive in cold temperatures. Furthermore, these plants can suffer badly from pests in the summer but seen as most pest hibernate the plants are able to get the best of the atmosphere and safety of a greenhouse.
A garden shed helps to boost the effect that container gardening has on the growth rate of plants. Root vegetables are a good example as although they need to be planted in deep containers, they do not require maintenance beyond being covered up for the winter. Parsnips and beetroots grow well in the winter but to provide them with a further resistance to frost you could seal the top with some bubble wrap. Potatoes are the iconic vegetable that is planted in winter and thrives in the warmth of a greenhouse. Although they require a large amount of space to grow and in large containers you can actually purchase specially designed potato sacks from garden centres that will help reduce on the space you need to make in order to grow potatoes. Finally onions, although these plants require a long time to grow a greenhouse means that you can get started on them earlier so they will be ready for harvesting in late spring, just in time for those summer salads.
By investing in a greenhouse before winter will give you the benefit of having a head start on your crops for next year. Furthermore, if the temperature is maintained and the greenhouse is kept well you can grow any item throughout the year, reducing the amount of money that you have to spend in the supermarket.