No matter where you live in the country, the weather is starting to get a bit chillier and your organic vegetable garden is likely becoming increasingly sparse. Have no fear. You can keep fresh fruits and vegetables in your backyard with the construction of a small greenhouse. Follow these gardening tips for beginners and you’ll be on your way to building a prefect greenhouse in your space that you can be proud of.
If you are an avid crafter, you’ve probably seen the rustic greenhouses that people make from old storm windows. You can make a small one to fit only a few plants or a large one that can house your entire garden throughout the winter months. If you’re a beginner with building, you don’t even need an angled roof for this one. A simple boxed frame will do the trick.
A hoop greenhouse is the most common style, but it requires a lot of yard space, money and time. A small plastic hoop house can still extend your growing season well into the winter months, but it will be much easier to construct. You’ll need a wood frame, PVC poles and plastic sheeting. You’ll need to bend the piping and attach it to a piece of plywood. Bend it so that it creates a perfect bowing for the structure. Make sure that you place your hoop house in an ideal location where the sun has extended exposure to the plants. During the height of the winter season, ensure there is no ice or snow built up on top of the house.
“You can do harvesting each month starting in November. Not much actually grows and by the end of January, you mostly have brown nubs,” Daniel Botkin, owner of Laughing Dog Farm told Networx. “After Groundhog Day, the sun starts to return, the temperatures rise, and the greenery starts to come back to life.”
For the best success of your hoop house, consider planning kale, chard, broccoli, cilantro, spinach, beets or carrots. These vegetables and herbs are known to prosper in greenhouses.
If you are looking for the ultimate simplest way to construct a greenhouse in your yard, you don’t need any special equipment. A plastic bin that you would use to store things around the house can be used outside as a tiny greenhouse. Make sure there is a bit of airflow into the bin with the use of dowel rods, and choose a plastic that won’t get damaged by the hot sun. You’ll also want a bin that has a clear top so that sun can seep through.
Need to create little greenhouses to get plants started? Small plastic drinking cups with a hole punched in the top can work perfectly. All you have to do is plant the seed as normal, and then securely place the plastic cup over it.