Determining the types of plants you want to grow is usually the first step. Are you growing tropical plants that will have to remain in the greenhouse year round? Or are you starting plants from seed early in the spring, with the intent of moving them outdoors when the weather warms up? The types of plants you grow will have an impact on how you set your greenhouse up, including the type of shelving and work spaces you will need.
When purchasing shelving and work benches for your greenhouse, look for fixtures that can fit right into the greenhouse itself. This type of shelving is a good choice because it saves space and is easy to install. To check out our full range of shelving kits designed to fit perfectly into all our Sproutwell greenhouses click this link. You can find variety of sizes via the attached link to our store, www.stores.ebay.com.au/aussiegreenhouses
For a work bench or potting surface, look for something sturdy and durable. A slatted surface is nice because soil can fall through the cracks and onto the ground, or into a collection bin you place below.
Once you've got your shelving and work surfaces in place, it's time to begin greenhouse gardening! Soil preparation is a very important first step in this process. Visit your local garden center and talk to a professional about what type of soil you need. Different plants will require different soil pH levels, and tester kits can be purchased inexpensively at garden stores. Usually, a good bet is to purchase a commercial potting soil mix to build your base up in the gardening trenches of your new green house. This is an excellent way to get started, because the soil mix will be rich in nutrients that your plants need. Be sure your new soil mixture includes sand, peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, and fir bark for adequate drainage.
Another possibility for getting good soil is to begin your own composting system, this will produce the richest, most fertile soil you can imagine, and your plants will grow better than they ever have before.
Soil should be watered only on an as-needed basis. Over watering inside a greenhouse may cause plant death due to the climate control system inside the greenhouse. Drip irrigation systems are good, but most greenhouse owners prefer to water plants manually to prevent getting too much water in the soil. Water only when the soil feels dry. If you are going to be out of town for a few days, document your watering habits for a week or so before hand. This way, if you ask a friend or neighbor to water for you in your absence, you'll be able to tell them exactly how often they'll need to water.
Vegetable garden soil preparation can take a lot of effort and time and yet you can get poor results if you do it wrong and generate much frustration for all your hard work.
Learn the pitfalls plus the best and easiest ways to prepare soil for sowing and improve your vegetable production.
The pitfalls of soil preparation:
-compaction: stops root growth
-working wet soil: damages/compacts soil
-for ever digging: breaks down organic matter
-walking on the soil: compacts and forces more digging
-no life in the soil: a sad dead soil
-poor drainage: wet, poor rooting, rotting
-loss of soil quality/ structure: collapse, compaction
-wrong particle size: too fine may cap, too coarse = no germination
-loose soil: dries out, poor rooting, plants fall over
How do you know you've got it wrong:
-seeds and seedlings don't take
-soil is wet and solid
-forked/ horizontal roots like these:
-flat plate-like soil structures
6 vital components of excellent soil preparation:
-remove compaction and avoid walking on the soil
-dig/ cultivate only when it is dry/ moist (never if wet)
-regularly add organic material especially compost to help your vegetable garden soil preparation
-dig/ cultivate only what/ when you need to
-keep the good fine soil on the top and the sub-soil at the bottom
-always firm the soil with the back of a rake or fork
Greenhouse gardening is a wonderful hobby and a great way to improve your gardening skills. Once the hard work of planning and assembling the greenhouse is done, you'll be rewarded with years of enjoyment spent in your greenhouse. Plus you'll have bigger and better plants to show for your efforts.
Happy greenhouse gardening!