We have been growing potatoes very successfully for several years and for us, potatoes have become one of the few special vegetables that we plant every year in our [Read more…]
Our DIY gardening section covers everything from building your own backyard greenhouse to using your own nutrient rich compost soil to grow the best organic fruits and vegetables. We have information about testing your soil, fertilizers, integrated pest management, keeping grazing critters out, how to build raised garden beds, container gardening for those who don't have the space, crop rotation, garden tools, starting plants indoors from seed for transplanting later when the weather warms, irrigation and more.
Wondering how to grow potatoes in a container garden? Last year I experimented by planting a single seed potato in a 10 gallon (40 quart) tub. We had used the tub several years earlier as part of a container gardening when our [Read more…]
We use Wall Of Water (see detailed review) and have several small greenhouses to grow the vegetables we want in our short growing season. Last year, I used a min-max thermometer to show how the greenhouses increased the total Growing Degree Days (GDD). This season, I have done the same to measure any GDD advantage offered by the [Read more…]
Do the Wall of Water plant protectors really work? We live at about 5,700 ft elevation in the Inter-mountain West. Minimum temperatures here average 40.9°F in June, 47.1°F in July and 45.8°F in August. We’ve had at least 3 inches of snow after June 10th in two of the eight years we have [Read more…]
The purpose of a greenhouse is to control the growing environment. Plants require a limited range of temperature, soil moisture, light, humidity, air (Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen), and nutrients to grow. Plants also require some type of physical support for roots and shoots. Plants also depend upon symbiotic relationships with fungi and insects to grow and reproduce. The greenhouse covering helps control many of these factors to help increase plant growth and [Read more…]
When we decided we needed a greenhouse to grow warm-weather vegetables in our cold vegetable climate, we started doing the research about what kinds of greenhouses were available for purchase and what kinds of greenhouses we could build ourselves.
While doing the same internet search you are doing now, we quickly discovered there are dozens of very nice looking greenhouse kits available for sale.
Yes, they are nice, but [Read more…]
Greenhouse Covering Materials Comparison – Glass, Polycarbonate, Polyethylene, Fiberglass, Acrylic and Vinyl
There are a variety of materials that can be used to cover a greenhouse today.
With the current explosion of interest from both commercial farmers and backyard gardeners, the options for materials are constantly expanding. Greenhouse covering material includes:
- Polycarbonate (rigid panels or flexible rolls)
- Polyethylene Plastic film
- Polyethylene Panels (semi rigid panels or flexible rolls)
- Fiberglass (rigid panels or flexible rolls)
- Acrylic (rigid panels)
Since we had already decided on using PVC pipe for constructing our greenhouse, we would not be using any solid panel type material to cover the [Read more…]
For a DIY greenhouse, the most common building materials would be wood, steel reinforcement bar (rebar) or PVC pipe, especially for a small backyard hoop house type greenhouse.
Sure, there are other options for building materials like galvanized pipe or steel and aluminum framing, but most people don’t [Read more…]
One thing we quickly discovered, is that there are several types of greenhouses or greenhouse designs and much of the terminology seems to be confused or interchangeable. A Hoop House or Low Tunnel described at one place looks an awful lot like a Cold Frame being sold at another place. Below we have listed the different types of greenhouses you can build, approximate costs and [Read more…]