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Newbie with greenhouse!

Discussion in 'Greenhouse Growing' started by Helen Evans, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Helen Evans

    Helen Evans Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi. I'm new here. Just put up a greenhouse this week. I'm growing strawberries and tomatoes and from seed, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cress, onion, beetroot, radish and peppers. Any tips would be much appreciated. Thank you.
     

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      Morning Helen and welcome :)

      A greenhouse is a fantastic addition to a garden.

      For me, lettuce seed germinates best outside at this time of year......too hot and seeds wont germinate. Most veg seeds too prefer germinating outside now I think.

      Just avoid stuffing too much into the gh......growth will be rapid, esp with tomatoes, so give them space. My first year growing tomatoes in a gh taught me a lot.....it was like a jungle in there

      All a learning curve though so just enjoy your gh Helen.:)
       
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        Thank you very much for the advice, I've lots to learn but looking forward to the journey!
         
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          Hi,

          If you have not already seen them , do look at @Janes recent greenhouse posts , just below yours, where she was looking for the same sort of advice and hopefully got some helpful answers.
           
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            That's great. Thank you.
             
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            Hello @Helen Evans. I have a greenhouse that size and at the moment I have my hot peppers growing in there. I don't grow any "climbers" in mine because the highest point is 8' and that's in the middle. I have tweaked mine with all sorts of things over the years and hope that some of my experiences will help you with any questions you may have.

            A location in your profile would help a lot with giving advice. As you can see, I'm Canadian and in a zone 5a so I am battling some pretty harsh conditions and can only use mine as a season extender as it is too expensive to heat when it gets to -15f.

            Welcome to the forum and have fun!
             
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              Thank you very much for your advice. Much appreciated x
               
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              Hi Helen, that's a nice shiney new greenhouse.

              I'd just grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in your greenhouse, the rest you mention will do much better outdoors.

              I would grow the tomatoes at the door end as they like less humidity. Put the cucumbers at the far end as they like humid/warm. I see you have grow bags, they can be tricky to keep watered once your plants get big, maybe needing watering twice a day.

              Get a max/min thermometer so you can can control the temps, it can get too hot rapidly inside a greenhouse at this time of the year. Do you have an auto vent opener?

              How big are your plants at the moment?
               
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                Hi. Thank you very much for all that advice. Not got an auto vent opener, the hubby works from home so he can do that job! My tomato plants are about 6 inches high at the moment .
                 
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                  Hubby Auto Openers are really handy! Mine aren't budging today because it is only 13c and cloudy.

                  I use capillary watering in my little hobby houses. Saves lots of water.
                   
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                    I'm learning everything as I go along! There's some great tips, help and advice on here!!
                     

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