Friday, June 26, 2009

A greenhouse can produce your dinner all year round

Last time, we talked about a mini-lean to greenhouse. But what if you had more space, or you wanted a greenhouse in place of some of the space for containers. If you live in a place with a shorter growing season, you’d be saving yourself money by having a larger greenhouse where you can keep things producing all year.

In fact, you’ll be the envy of all your friends if you happen to product a tomato in the middle of December. And it’s possible. There are varieties cultivated in Czechoslovakia such as the stupice variety that doesn’t need as much heat, and can produce with shorter light cycles. Plus, really, if you have a greenhouse, you can add in growlights to extend the light cycle.

A good greenhouse like the SunGlo Greenhouse brand will let you adjust the humidity with venting windows. So if you get an unusually warm day in October or March, you can ventilate the greenhouse to maintain a happy growing temperature. And not cook the poor leaves. It’s happened, and I just want to get past my accidental vegicide.

The SunGlo Greenhouse kits are unique in that they have an automatic shutter ventilation system included. Most places expect that your kids will automatically remember to close them. It doesn’t work that way in my house.

I like the idea of getting to assemble my own greenhouse too. I can spend a whole weekend out in the garden anyway, so I might as well have something to show for it. And let’s face it, it’s a nice place to go hide. They can find me too easily when I’m in the middle of the plants.

The other reason I really like the SunGlo Greenhouse kits is that it looks like an old fashioned barn with the curved roof rather then the traditional A-frame. It makes it feel like its much larger and spacious. I’m sure that it also helps out a lot with the air circulation.

Let me know if you have one and what you think!

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