Starting a Hobby Greenhouse Garden
Greenhouse gardening can look complicated for the uninitiated. Many concepts must be learned, many factors must be controlled and many things must be purchased – these are usually the thoughts running through the uninitiated mind until such time that the idea of greenhouse gardening is abandoned in favor of conventional soil gardening.
- But this is not so. Greenhouse gardening can be taken up as hobby in the comfort of your own small garden and even in an indoor space.
- You can grow plants from fruits and vegetables to flowers for your own consumption and enjoyment.
Benefits of the Hobby
Hobby greenhouse gardening is recommended especially for first timers because of the many benefits it brings.
- These benefits can be yours to enjoy without feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of starting and maintaining a large greenhouse.
- Start small today and enjoy big benefits tomorrow, so to speak.
Said benefits include but are not limited to the following:
• Variety of Choices
- You can grow just about any plant at any time of the year, thanks to the controlled conditions inside the greenhouse.
- Of course, you may have to concede on a few things when the greenhouse offers a simple system such as the case with a lean-to structure.
- Fruits, vegetables and other plants can be grown in small batches.
• Cheaper Food Costs
- If you are groaning under the weight of rising food prices, a hobby greenhouse can lessen your monthly costs on food.
- Plus, you have the enjoyment of organic produce, which is considered a healthier alternative produce grown in the commercial and conventional manner.
• Lesser Space Requirements
- You need not own vast tracts of land to start on a hobby greenhouse.
Often, the vacant space in your garden will suffice for the purpose.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of greenhouses, start on it as a hobby.
- You will then reap more success and, hopefully, be motivated to venture into a larger greenhouse.
Becoming a Successful Hobbyist
- Enjoyment of the benefits must be preceded by work.
- We don’t mean hard work in the sense of prison hard labor but in terms of knowing what to do and how to do things necessary to become a successful hobbyist.
You can take note of the following:
- The greenhouse should ideally be situated in the southernmost area of the garden so as to catch the maximum amount of sunlight.
- You must also locate the structure on flat ground, be it on soil, wood or concrete, as well as near utility connections.
- Although the greenhouse is an excellent place to grow plants the whole year-round, you have to consider a few factors.
- Choose only the plants that you know how to grow before branching out on experimental plants.
- Look at your area’s general weather patterns and choose the kinds of plants that best thrive in it.
- Consider your greenhouse structure so that the plants chosen can grow in it sans the addition of expensive new features.
- You will want to start on what you know and then build on it.
You must not let the naysayers influence your decision to start on greenhouse gardening.
- Start out with simple hobby greenhouse kits and find success, happiness and good food from the activity.