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So Excited.... First Ever Greenhouse!

Discussion in 'Greenhouse Growing' started by Irmemac, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. CanadianLori

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    The timing you mention is typical. As a season extender, I think we don't get an early start in an unheated greenhouse but we do have a longer harvest period.

    I will start heating my palram about March 20th because our overnight lows will be up to about 26f so maybe nasty expensive to heat at night, even using a natural gas heater but it will only be needed for a short period. Right now, I can't even see tbe bright green led lighting because of the snow!

    One thing a greenhouse is great for is that any sunny day, it is a pleasant place to putter. Even in tne dead of winter. Grab those days to get free vitamen D and good vibes!
     
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      Agree, if you have no heat do wait until mid to late March before sowing; they will grow faster and stronger because of the better light and higher temps.

      Don't know of you can electricity in there for a lo watt heating cable or seed tray size electric propagator to start things off ? if not one of those window cill sized electric props idea for germinating things in the house on a sunny aspect, but again not too early

      Ongoing health problems ? thought you were too young for that kind of thing ! :)
      Nothing like getting out and busy in the greenhouse ; good therapy whatever the problem !
      Though still cold out down here, when the suns out it gets quiet warm in the greenhouse, have a chair in there so we can enjoy a cuppa and look out at the garden, cushdy.
       
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        Thanks for the good advice. Late March, then, sounds like I will be clearing all the window sills! Not getting electricity in the greenhouse, despite my numerous hints!! I agree, pottering in the greenhouse will be very therapeutic. One of the first things to go into the greenhouse last year was a folding chair!
         
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          There are things you can do in the greenhouse and garden around this time, if the suns out and its warm /dry enough.

          Now onwards, is the time for soft fruit to be purchased and planted, am waiting for some more summer fruiting raspberries to arrive to go with the autumn ones.
          They are called long cane types so should bear some fruit this year.
          Also have a blackberry and blueberries.

          Just been planting a Logan Berry and some bare rooted Strawberries outside, though you can also pot grow the strawbs in the greenhouse for an early crop.

          Lots of others you can use like the currents, rhubarb, stone fruit etc etc.


          Appreciate not everyone can get an electrical supply to the greenhouse, but if you have someone who is handy with diy electrics/electronics you could use solar /battery power/inverter for those low wattage propagators.
           
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          Hmm. Lots to think about there, @ricky101! Had already decided just to try a bit of experimenting this year, so was thinking about using the greenhouse for tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, strawberries and germinating seeds for containers and hanging baskets. I'm not going to be able to commit to other fruit growing this year, although I would like to longer term. My front garden is the sunniest part of the whole garden, so I'm vaguely mulling over ideas to make it useful in terms of growing soft fruit eventually, whilst also looking attractive.

          Now that is fascinating! I am going to pass that information to my husband, who is very handy, and see if there's a possibility of doing something. Thank you for your terrific advice!
           

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