Gardening has taken a futuristic twist with the rise of hoophouses, greenhouses, and other nifty protective enclosures. These structures not only make your garden look cooler but also supercharge your gardening game! In this blog, we're going to uncover the hidden treasures of growing under cover and share some groovy tips and tricks to make your hoophouses, greenhouses, and more the talk of the neighborhood.
The Perks of Growing Under Cover
Let's get the party started by talking about the fantastic benefits of growing under cover:
The Never-Ending Growing Season: Imagine planting your favorite crops earlier in the spring and partying on through fall and even winter. Hoophouses and greenhouses are your backstage passes to an extended growing season!
Weatherproof Wonder: Crazy weather got you down? High winds, relentless rain, hailstorms? No problem! These cool structures shield your garden from the wildest elements, so your plants can boogie on without a care.
Pest-Free Dance Floor: Dancing is fun, but not when uninvited guests like pests and diseases crash your garden party. Growing under cover keeps the gatecrashers out, letting your plants groove in peace.
Crop Stars: These environments give you complete control over the show. You're the director, and your plants are the stars. Set the stage with the right temperature, humidity, and lighting to create the best performance – AKA, bigger yields and better-quality produce!
Now that we've set the stage with the perks, let's rock and roll with some tips and tricks to make your covered garden space truly epic.
Select the Coolest Structure: Choose the right cover for your garden. Hoophouses are the garage bands of the gardening world – budget-friendly and great for season extension. Greenhouses are the headliners, offering full control over the show. Decide based on your budget, space, and gardening ambitions.
Keep the Vibes Flowing: Just like a great concert, your garden needs fresh air. Install fans, vents, or louvers for a groovy atmosphere. Automatic ventilation systems? They're like a DJ spinning the perfect tracks to keep the party going.
Temperature and Humidity Control: Your garden's thermostat and humidistat are the ultimate stage managers. Dial in the temperature and humidity with heating, cooling systems, and misting or fogging gear for a perfect performance.
Rock the Lighting: Sometimes, even stars need a little spotlight. Bring in LED or HID lights to set the stage. They're like the backstage lighting crew, ensuring your plants look their best.
Water and Soil Funk: Rock-solid soil is the foundation of a killer garden. Ensure your mix drains well, and keep the party going with a drip irrigation system. Don't forget to check soil moisture regularly to keep the crowd hydrated!
Rotation and Lineup: Rotate your crops like a seasoned festival organizer to keep the soil fresh. Choose plants that thrive in your custom garden environment for a killer show.
Maintenance Jam: Don't forget to keep your stage in tip-top shape. Repair any rips or tears in the covering, and give it a regular clean-up. A well-maintained garden always wows the crowd!
However! There are some Financial set backs to to consider when ti comes to getting your green house ready.
According to our friends at Greener Ideal, The price tag for your greenhouse project can fluctuate significantly, all depending on the size and model. Usually starts around $200 and can go up to $10,000! If you are a handy man, you can always build one yourself and cut the cost in half.
But if you are hellbent on a greenhouse, then you willl look at your greenhouse as an investment! You know what goes great with your new greenhouse? A simple and affordable app to help you get the best out of your crop! Get your Farmbrite free trail today!