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Greenhouse Staging

In any ornamental or mixed greenhouse staging is important as here plants are placed to waist height and watering and care are made easier. Staging is also necessary for propagating and growing on young plants. The staging can be removed for summer crops if necessary.

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Cloches

Another useful help for your tender plants or for extending the growing season are the cloches. There are a wide range of cloche designs and materials available, so you can choose the right cloche that suits the types of plant you are growing. They are mainly used in the vegetable garden but they can also be used for protecting ornamental plants and seedlings that need a little extra warmth during winter or early in the season.

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Cold Frames

Cold frames are useful because they offer extra space near your greenhouse and are extremely useful especially in spring to harden off plants raised in the greenhouse but also during the other seasons to grow a wide range of crops. In the colder months they are used to protect winter flowers, to overwinter the seeds of hardy annuals sown in autumn and to shelter vulnerable alpines from the worst of the wet weather.

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Make a Raised Bed

Where space is limited, the ideal way for growing herbs or vegetables is to use raised beds. You can use the raised bed system even if you have enough space for a traditional edible garden because this system has numerous benefits. In this way the plants will root deeper into the soil so the less watering will be required, plants can be grown closer together so they cut the light that reaches the soil and in this way the development of weeds is reduced, you can prolong the growing season by covering the beds to warm up the soil earlier in the season and to protect the plants in late autumn and many more advantages.

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Greenhouse Exterior Maintenance

In order to keep the greenhouse in good shape it requires a constant maintenance, inside and outside. Ann annual check in autumn will be enough to keep your greenhouse in good working order. For routine work on the outside of the greenhouse you should choose a dry, still day. Before starting the work, gather together all necessary materials that you need for cleaning, repairing and repainting.

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Greenhouse Watering

The best method of watering a mixed collection of plants in a small greenhouse is the traditional watering can. It might be time-consuming using one but it allows you to monitor the flow and ensures that all the plants are watered according to their individual needs. A useful addition to a greenhouse is an automatic watering system, especially in the summer or when the greenhouse is left unattended on a regular basis, since some pot plants may need to be watered several times a day in very hot weather.

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Raised Beds Fertilization

The key to success and the fist reason to garden in raised beds is soil that is contained in them. This way you can control the type of soil you are gardening in. For best results prepare a good soil mix for your raised beds using good topsoil, organic matter, lime if needed and the appropriate amount and type of fertilizer. Mix all the ingredients together before placing the mix in the raised beds. Lightly compact the mix to take out excessive air space. You should know that most mixes will settle during the first year, so you will need to add more soil mix in the second season.

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Greenhouse Humidity

Humidity is the measure of the quantity of water vapor in the air. In the greenhouse humidity is important because the air humidity affects the rate at which plants transpire. By transpiration plants are drawing water along with nutrients from roots to leaves where the water then evaporates from leaf pores into the air.  As water evaporates the plants are cooled down.

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Greenhouse Lighting

Lighting in the greenhouse is essential, especially for some plants that require many hours of light. If you already have an electric power supply in your greenhouse then you can install lighting units at any time and they are not expensive. The running costs are low also. The light installed in the greenhouse produce a little extra heat for the plants. Ordinary fluorescent lamps provide enough illumination to work by comfortably.

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Raised Beds Watering

Even the raised bed system has many advantages it also has some minuses, however they are far better than any container. In raised beds the growing medium will drain more rapidly than the soil in ordinary garden borders but not as fast as in containers. It is important to water plants more frequently and in particular the soil in immediate contract with the retaining walls as this tends to dry out and shrink.

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