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We recently needed a shade cloth for our greenhouse. As my husband is currently laid-off, we couldn't afford to buy one really. So we went to the local thrift store (which supports the local animal shelter, yay for that!) and bought twin sized sheets.
We tacked and stapled them up to the rafters, and they are doing a fabulous job. Cooled the greenhouse off quite a bit, and the lettuce and cucumbers are much happier.
With these small cheap greenhouses that are plastic covered and are good for propagating seeds and cuttings, this a good way to water your seed trays and pots without the real risk of drenching and getting droop and rot. Simply run a length of hosepipe up and down and leave a stub protruding out of the bottom. Attach a hose connecter to this stub. All you have to do then is prick the hosepipe a couple of times with a stout pin so the holes point inwards on each tray level. Secure the pipe to the frame with small cable ties or plant twists.
When you attach your main hosepipe from the tap to the protruding connecter, turn on the pressure and you will achieve a light misting over your seed trays on each level of the house. If the spray isn't strong enough, just open the hole up a little with a pin or nail or add more holes. If the direction isn't accurate, simply twist the pipe around until you get the right direction. Now ensure the pipe is secured well to the main frame and, bingo! You can water the whole house in minutes and not overwater.
You can use the same system in a normal greenhouse but beware that everything will get watered.
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I have a new 1400 sq. ft. greenhouse (not a kit) that has just been finished. I want to grow fruits and vegetables commercially and I do have a lot in mind, but I need to have some input from your readers since they all seem to have good level advice. I have grown large gardens, which I will continue to do, but the greenhouse is different. Please let me hear from all of you. Thanks in advance.
By Nikki from ID
The first thing to do is make sure that any seeds (or plants you want to propagate) you're thinking of using, are not covered by a patent. It is against the law in the US to sell any plant that is under patent (unless it's your patent, of course).
The next thing to do is contact your local extension office (Google the nearest university plus the words cooperative extension service) and make sure that you understand the law for your area for market gardening-whether you plan to sell transplants or harvested produce. There are very strict laws governing the activity and you could find yourself in very serious trouble if you don't know the laws.
Many small market gardeners have found themselves facing FDA and other ag concern agents. The laws can be picayune, but they can also save lives-a lot of e.coli, and other potentially fatal illness has been traced back to the greenhouse or garden-not knowing is no excuse.
Better to start out right-know the laws and practice the good husbandry required to protect your customers.
This summer I didn't get a lot out of my garden due to all the wet weather and me having surgery. I am wondering if I can raise summer food in a greenhouse? Or does it have to be winter vegetables? I'd like to have more tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc. through the winter without having to pay a fortune for them in a grocery store.
Maybe it needs some solar heat? Does anyone know how to set up solar heat? The greenhouse I'm talking about isn't anything fancy, just a few boards and plastic. The idea here is to save money not waste it. Thank you.
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By Fritzbaby2000 from Havana, AR
How do you grow vegetables in a hothouse? I would like to grow them in the winter.
By Beverly M