Small Greenhouse Indoors or Out

A small greenhouse for indoor use is a great way to add the number of things that can be grown in your home. Using a small greenhouse is a good to expand your gardening season by bringing in your garden vegetables or for growing some of the plants that your outdoor temperatures will not allow you to grow. An indoor greenhouse is a good way to start vegetable garden seedlings. It allows you not only to be able start your garden when you want but to choose more varieties of peppers or tomatoes that your nursery does not stock.

A windowsill greenhouse is a simple greenhouse box that sits on your windowsill for starting a few seedlings. You want to put it in a window that receives some good sunlight and it is easy to keep it watered. Some of them may come as a garden starter kit which includes the small pots, starting medium and grow lights. Some gardeners refer to the windowsill greenhouse as a mini greenhouse because of their small size. You can even purchase some that have covers to help maintain moisture levels.

Another style is just a set of shelves equipped with a grow light for each shelf but you will not be able to control the humidity levels or the temperature which can limit you as to what you can grow. These shelves work quite well if all you really need is some extra lighting. Some small indoor greenhouses are called growing racks. They resemble bookshelves that have a plastic covering that helps keep the temperature and humidity at more consistent levels. They also come with built-in lighting or grow lights that will supply your plants with the added light they need for growth. They are available with two, three, or four racks for sitting on the floor or to use as a tabletop greenhouse; you can even find some that are corner units which gives you a little more flexibility on where to place it.

You do not need to have a large greenhouse in order to start seedlings or harden-off your transplants in the spring. A patio grow house generally has a fairly small footprint, roughly 36 x 18 inches, so it will fit in any space that receives good sun. They also provide plenty of growing space on three levels. These greenhouses are equipped with double-walled glazing that captures and holds the heat of the sun and you can place them on your patio or deck where you get the best sun in the spring.

We all know that a regular sized greenhouse takes up a lot of room but a portable greenhouse allows enough space for an average gardener to get a good start on their spring plants, but is small enough so it can be moved, if necessary, with help. Portable greenhouse styles can vary and the best for you all depends on how you want to use it. Some are just a form of a cold frame, which is a box that has a plastic or glass door that is placed over your plants that are already planted into the garden. These cold frames need to be light enough to be able to lift off once warmer weather arrives. In severe climates you may be able to purchase one that is heated which will give you a head start on the garden. Interiors of this portable greenhouse can be cooled by opening the door on hot days. They are also low enough to the ground with a small profile so the wind will not be too much of a problem.  

Another style that resembles a patio grow house resembles a bookshelf with a reinforced polyethylene sheet. This sheet can easily be rolled up or is equipped with a zipper to open up during hot days to reduce overheating. This type of portable greenhouse is often around 20-40 inches wide and range between 4-5 feet high. Then there is the miniature pop-up style greenhouse which is just large enough for a person to walk in and generally have more than one shelf.

Even if you are using a greenhouse indoors you are going to need some garden supplies. You will need some planting trays for starting your seeds or you can even use some old egg cartons. Your hand tools should include a trowel, hand rake or small rake, small shovel, scissors, clippers, and small hoe. You also want hand gloves for protecting your hands from scrapes, cuts and injuries. Some of the musts are potting soil, fertilizer, compost or peat, tomato stakes or cages and one of the most important of your garden supplies is not to forget the seeds for starting your small greenhouse.

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Published on February 20, 2011 at 07:58 PM | Comments (0)

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