Buying the right type, frame and size of greenhouse is not the be-all and end-all of choosing the structure. The greenhouse gardener must also purchase the necessary greenhouse accessories and supplies in order to make the structure, be it a lean-to or a full-sized greenhouse rivaling the Eden Project, fully functional. Otherwise, the greenhouse can become just an empty shell without substance, so to speak.
With that being said, it is indeed important to budget for portable greenhouse supplies. Many potential owners have made the mistake of not doing so and, thus, becoming burdened with financial responsibilities that could have been lessened had the right information been provided from the very start. The following greenhouse supplies are ranked in alphabetical order since each one is important in its own right.
Benches and Cabinetry
The benches and shelves are necessary to place the potted plants on, to store the small gardening supplies and to perform activities like repotting of the plants. These pieces of furniture also add a cozy appeal to the greenhouse when placed in strategic locations.
With the necessity to control the aspects of ventilation, water and lighting in a modern greenhouse down to the last minute, cycle timers are important components of year-round cultivation. At the very least, the gardener need not worry about manually turning on and off the controls in the greenhouse as the cycle timers will take care of the activity.
The heat and air in the greenhouse must be evenly distributed. Exhaust fans significantly contribute to the maintenance of the ideal levels in these two aspects of greenhouse gardening.
Weeds are the main parasites of plants as well as being one of the sources of excess humidity during the night inside the greenhouse. To significantly lessen the possibility of weeds on the ground, a ground cover should be installed. It can be soil, sand, gravel and brick, the last two of which also makes for lessen quantities of puddles on the floor.
Light is one of the most critical factors in plant growth. On days when the sun is covered by clouds or during the winter season, metal halide and fluorescent bulbs can take the place of natural sunlight.
Greenhouse gardening requires the maintenance of almost-perfect conditions inside the structure. Guesswork is not recommended, thus, scientific measurement tools must be installed including a regular room thermometer, a soil thermometer, a hydrometer and a light intensity meter.
The temperature must also be controlled, thus, a thermostat must be placed inside the structure. The bets place to do so is at plant height bear the greenhouse’s middle portion.
Sufficient air movement also ensures that the plants thrive inside the greenhouse. Toward this end, vents are necessary to ensure sufficient ventilation during the warm months and to seal out the cold air during the cold months.
Last but often the most important, the plants must also have regular and proper watering. In a greenhouse, this is achieved with the use of misting systems controlled by a cycle timer. Other means include a drip irrigation system and plain old watering using the water can.
Of course, small gardening supplies like hoes, gloves, sticks as well as pots and containers are also necessary. When you have gathered all these materials, a-greenhouse gardening you can go.