Typically, a passion for gardening meant that individuals would need a plot of land to grow their favorite crops. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a spacious backyard for such a hobby. Thankfully, the world today is filled with innovations that can still allow someone to grow plants and meet their gardening needs. One such device or method is the indoor greenhouse. Though it is similar to the outdoor version, an indoor greenhouse differs on some major aspects.
With an indoor greenhouse, you are able to:
With an indoor greenhouse, you can more efficiently grow the plants that you want. For example, people who live in cold climates can use this device to keep their favorite flowers fresh Spring-time. In addition, people who reside in the Caribbean can keep their rose plants indoors so that they will be kept safe from the sharp Caribbean winds.
One major difference between the outdoor and indoor hothouse is that the hothouse creates a continuous environment for the plants to grow in. On the other hand, the outdoor version of the greenhouse tends to close up these areas, preventing the plants from being contaminated or getting too much rain, or snow. For the indoor gardener, this is a huge advantage.
It is also much easier to regulate the temperature of an indoor greenhouse. This is because the heat that is created with this method is maintained at a steady level. Normally, it is best to keep the temperature around 72 degrees Fahrenheit to create an environment that is favorable to your plants.
One of the best reasons for using the indoor greenhouse technique is that you will be able to keep your plants younger and stronger. The germination and growth of your plants will be much faster. Studies have shown that by using this technique, it can keep seeds alive for approximately 6 times longer than growing plants that are traditionally grown outdoors. Also, your plants will be protected from insects that are common in outdoor environments.
If you are ready to begin setting up your own indoor greenhouse, you should start by doing research on how to choose the right one. There are various types available, all of which do an excellent job creating beautiful greenhouses. However, you will need to evaluate their prices and select one that fits your budget.
You will also need to consider where to place your greenhouse. It is best if it is situated near a window, which faces either west or south. This way, your plants will be able to benefit from the natural light during the day. However, if you don’t have a window that faces either west or south, you can still create a greenhouse by using a large bay window. Use a tripod or plant stakes to create a supporting base for the window. This way, your plants will be able to grow up the window and over the top of it, allowing it to create a mini-greenhouse in the area.
The next thing you will need to do is to determine what type of miniature greenhouse you will need. If you have potted plants in, you will need to take them out and determine how large of an area you will need to cover. Keep in mind that the size of the plant will also determine how tall of a frame you will need. Most plants will need to be trimmed on the sides of the plant and there will be less room for the roots to grow.
The last thing you will need to do is to pick the materials you will need to frame your plant. There are many different options available including wood and plastic. There are easier ways to build the frame with these materials, however they are not the only options. The heavy wood and brittle plastic may not be the best options if you are not a skilled carpenter.
Once you have picked the materials you will need, the fun begins in creating the mini-greenhouse. You will first want to build the sides by using wood using surface grinders. You will use 5-10 strips of wood and space them about a foot apart. Afterwards, you will want to drive a small nail into the wood that will protrude about 2 inches. You will then want to use concrete blocks or other similar material to fill in the frame.In the bottom of the box you will want to place 2 cups to catch the water that will seep out of the drainage holes. This way you will know how much soil you have. Next, you will want to add soil to the frame. You will be able to grab a bag of soil at a local garden center for a reasonable price.
Once everything is in place, you will want to fill it up with some more soil. Once everything is filled, you will want to spray the frame with some Liquid Lime to raise the pH a little bit so that the fruit will sweetness taste better. You will repeat this process every week or two for the entire growing season.