Whether you have a green thumb or not, a greenhouse is a great hobby to dive into. You can grow your own delicious food, teach your kids about responsibility or just spend some time outside. If you’re a bit hesitant about starting a greenhouse, here are a few tips and reasons why you should consider giving a greenhouse a go.
How Would You Like Your Greenhouse?
Stacey Panozzo, the event director for Botanical Bazaar has some advice for those who are considering owning a greenhouse. “Maybe you want to grow seedlings or propagate small plants and protect them from the summer heat. You may want to place larger sub-tropical plants in the greenhouse to protect them from the cool weather. The material in which covers the frame of the Greenhouse is used to transform the light into a specific growing temperature.” She says, “Do you want it to be a Polycarbonate Greenhouse, have Transparent PVC or a Cold Frame Greenhouse? Do you want to be able to move it in case you are renting a property or make it a permanent feature in the garden?” You can find out more about the Botanical Bazaar by following their Instagram or Facebook.
Think Of Your Health
Being outside, in general, is good for you. You can breathe fresh air, change your scenery and de-stress from the world. Being outdoors, or just getting some gardening done can reduce your chances of getting SAD (seasonal affectiveness disorder), lifting your spirits and enhancing your health.
You CAN Make Friends With Salad
Did you know that a greenhouse is a great place to spend some time with friends? You can invite some of your mates around and begin growing something each, making sure you come back every week to take care of your greenery! It’s a great way to bond with people, and you can grow a friendship, not just plants and veggies!
Keepin’ It Fresh, 365 Days A Year
How do you keep your garden nice and fresh, even when it’s icy cold outside? Jaime Turner from Urban Food Garden has a few quick tips for keeping your garden on point, year round. “The winter frost can be harsh, especially on new seedlings, so add mulch to keep your veggies warm over winter- pea straw is a great organic option, and once it looks to be on its way out dig it back into the garden for added nourishment and replace.” You can follow the Urban Food Garden on Facebook.
Mulchers are a great tool for keeping your garden clean and tidy. Ideal for larger gardens, they keep your garden fertile and better for seedlings.
If you’re hoping to start a greenhouse, but feel a bit stumped about where to start, keep it simple. You don’t have to start out knowing everything, just take things slow. Invite your friends over and let them help you. Who knows, you may start a gardening club and make some new friends out of it, or pick up a new hobby and unleash your inner green thumb that you didn’t even know you had!