We are thrilled to announce our new video series – The Greenhouse Minute. Demystifying Greenhouses one Topic at a Time. We are going to take each small part of the greenhouse and greenhouse accessories and make a video regarding them. We hope you enjoy these videos and learn from them. If you have a suggestion, please feel free to share. Here is our first in the series.
I know it is hard to image this. We are under a heat advisory today in Louisiana. But, now is the time to start preparing your greenhouse for winter. Really, I am serious. You should be doing a check for all of your systems and tightening up for the cold winter months ahead. This is a really good article covering what systems you should be looking after. Even though this was written for commercial greenhouse growers, most of the aspects still apply to the backyard greenhouse grower. Although, I am not sure that there are that many of us that have a back up generator on our home greenhouse.
So, You have decided you are going to get a greenhouse. Congratulations. You will love it. Now the first question, of many, is what is the ideal size for a beginning greenhouse. There are a few things to keep in mind as you start to look. You will probably want to go at least a little larger than the size you originally decide on. After all, we are all collectors. We just found the next perfect orchid to add to our collection. Or, there is a new seed that we want to try in the garden. So, we will be starting more plants than originally calculated. If you are overwintering plants in your greenhouse, you know that you cannot resist that specimen with your favorite color or flower.
If you have plants already, the easy way is to set them out in your backyard in a configuration like you would use in your greenhouse. Don’t forget to allow an aisle. Then just use surveyor stakes and mark out the size of the greenhouse. If you are going to have plants on benches, figure out the size of benches you will be using and then draw them out in a graph to see what size you need. With benches, we do not recommend going over 36″ deep. This is about all you can reach over and comfortably work on your plants. If you think you want a center aisle, I would go with at least a 16 foot width. That way you have room for your benches and a nice walkway on either side. Greenhouses are available in many sizes and configurations. We are always here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Start here to find your perfect greenhouse.