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Tools, Equipment, and Supplies Needed For A Greenhouse
Transcript of Tools, Equipment, and Supplies Needed For A Greenhouse
Light & Water For Optimal Growing Pt. 2
Water - There are 3 ways to watering your greenhouse. You could professionally make a piped water system into your greenhouse, bring a hose through the greenhouse, or have a drip system. Tips for watering your plants.
- Group plants with like watering needs.
- Apply 10 to 15% more water than a container can hold and use a collection matt for excess runoff.
- Install a collection tank for recycled water to minimize your water bill.
To start off your list of supplies for your greenhouse you're gonna need pots, containers for mixed growing mediums, hand trowels and seeding flats. Buying large plastic tubes can be bought for larger greenhouses, or buying buckets with lids can be used for small greenhouses. These containers protect your home-blended mediums from pathogens and insect eggs.
For year round use of your greenhouse, a small heater or evaporative cooler will help you for those harsh summers and cold winters! The ideal temperature for inside your green house in the winter is about 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Your greenhouse mostly runs on the sun so you have to be careful about the sun making our greenhouse temperature rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Always regulate your temperature to make sure your plants don't die!
Light & Water For Optimal Growing Pt. 1
Light - Plants in your greenhouse need sunlight for photosynthesis, growth and development. If you were to be starting a new greenhouse with brand new young plants, you'd need to give them small amounts of light for the first couple of months maybe even a year, once they're older they will need a lot more light then when they first started to grow. Sunlight is your best friend when growing your greenhouse, just make sure you're always watching your plants conditions.
Benches can be used to keep your plants off the ground, also you can use shelves to keep organized. Make sure to paint any wooden surfaces with semi-gloss paint to protect against mold!
Amount Of Heat Summer/Winter
Type And Amount Of Soil/ Soil Management Pt. 1
Tools For Your Greenhouse
Humidity Monitoring Tools - Monitoring tools for measuring the humidity level are useful, to ensure you have the right amount moisture in the air, without having too much.
- When the moisture is allowed to get too high, this could cause mold and mildew to form, on the plants as well as the greenhouse structure.
Heating and Temperature Adjustment Tools - Heaters are needed in many permanent greenhouses, to ensure the temperature stays ideal for the plants.
- Thermostats often come with these, to make sure the temperature can be closely regulated and adjusted.
Shelving and Propagation Tools
- Benches and shelves hold the potted plants.
-Propagation trays can also fit on these.
-Proper shelving allows you to garden standing up instead of bending over.
-This is part of the joy of gardening in a greenhouse.
Plant Mediums and Soil Tools - Planting medium or soil is, of course, necessary for any greenhouse.
-Many gardeners come up with their own mix of soil, perlite, compost and other materials, while other ones use commercial mix.
-Many are turning to soilless mixes today.
Trowels, Rakes, and Potting Tools - Hand trowels, rakes, and hoes will help you plant and tend your plants.
- From filling your pots with growing medium or soil to weeding, these tools are a valuable addition to any greenhouse.
Irrigation and Water Tools - Irrigation or other watering equipment is necessary, for effective greenhouse operation.
- Garden hoses spray water out so fast, that they can wash soil away from the plants and this could expose fragile roots to the air. This cause disease at times, a greenhouse misting system is the perfect alternative.
- Drip irrigation systems are highly useful in the greenhouse setting. Click to learn more about drip irrigation systems in this buyers guide, or view an installation video for a drip irrigation system.
- Even simply watering cans are kinder than using the garden hose.
Lighting Tools - Greenhouse lighting can range from grow lights to just lighting to see at night.
-Many different fixtures and setups are available regardless of your needs.
-Grow lights help during stormy or cloudy days to provide your plants with sufficient lighting.
Shading and Temperature Control Tools - There are times that shade is needed for the greenhouse.
-The research on prefabricated shade panels or sun-blocking cloth is very easy to do, this is a highly recommended area for those growing up North with high temperatures.
For making your own soil for your greenhouse is simple, here are the things you need:
- a half dozen shovels of compost
- a few shovels of garden soil
- several shovels of sharp sand (sifted gravel type sand not the soft sand of most soils.)
- a generous dusting of wood ashes
- several shovels worth of old sawdust or shredded dry leaves or well dried grass clippings
Type And Amount Of Soil/ Soil Management Pt. 2
Mix all the supplies together and then you have your very own healthy greenhouse soil. Managing your soil is something you need to pay attention to every year, by changing your soil every year it'll keep your plants nice and healthy!
Summer vs Winter
To keep your greenhouse at a acceptable temperature, when building the greenhouse make sure you insulate the bottom of the greenhouse to stop the temperature from dropping from the cold ground in the winter time. In the winter time you especially want maximum heat and sunlight, in the summer you would want less sunlight when its abundant and creates to much heat.