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7 Helpful Tips for Greenhouse Growing Amateurs

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Whether you are just getting into growing your own vegetables or looking to take your growing to the next level, it can be helpful to review your equipment and the methods you are using. Here are seven helpful tips for improving your growing. 

Tip #1. Take Only What You Need

Amateur growers frequently become dissatisfied with their rate of progress. For those growing vegetables, one tip is to take only what you need. When growing cucumbers, for example, why take a whole cucumber when you only need half? It is possible to simply cut off what you need and use cling film to wrap the remaining portion without removing it from the plant. Vegetables will actually stay a lot fresher for longer if you do this. 

Tip #2. Use Bubble Wrap To Reduce Heating Costs

It may be the middle of summer but the cold winter months will swing round sooner that you think. You may not want to spend a fortune heating your greenhouse but nothing will stiffle your growing endeavors like cold. There is something you can do right now to keep the temperature a bit higher and that is use bubble wrap. This is great for insulating glass panes in greenhouses. 

Tip #3. Insulate Containers During Fall

Before winter really starts to bite, use bubble wrap to insulate potted plants in your greenhouse. Wrap is great for putting around tubs and containers if you aren’t sure whether they will offer sufficient protection for your plants during winter. If in doubt, be on the safe side and bubble wrap containers, especially terra cotta pots. 

Tip #4. Avoid Stocking Up At Your Local Garden Center

Heading out to a garden center for supplies may be your favourite trip of the week but it is not that kind on your wallet. Your local office supply store is a great source of dirt-cheap bubble wrap whereas garden centers will find some way to charge top dollar for fancy versions of essentially the same thing. 

Tip #5. Hang Up Bananas To Ripen Your Tomatoes

Nothing ripens slower than tomatoes and this can be incredibly frustrating for greenhouse amateurs. Bananas hasten the process by releasing ethylene. This gas helps tomatoes ripen sooner. Hanging up bananas among your tomatoes is a great tip.  

Tip #6. Ask An Expert For Their Opinion Of Your Greenhouse Position

If you are struggling with your growing, your greenhouse could benefit from being moved into a better position. Greenhouses benefit from at least three hours of direct sunlight per day but longer than this may cause temperatures to rise and damage plants if ventilation is inadequate. An expert will be able to advise you whether your greenhouse is well positioned. 

Tip #7. Consider A Poly Film Hobby Greenhouse Kit

If you have an old or damaged greenhouse, cleaning or repairing it may not be cost-effective. Poly film portable buildings such as green house kits are perfect for amateur growers. You can experiment with positioning and be assured that your greenhouse has good ventilation and heat retention. 

Conclusion

These seven tips should help any amateur greenhouse enthusiast improve their growing. What do you think of our tips? Leave us a question or comment below!

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