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The crispness of the air is a signal that gardening season is coming to a close. Some plants thrive in hot weather such as tomatoes and peppers while others falter when hotter weather is present. These cool season plants or cole crops include kale, lettuces, spinach, peas, cauliflower, and broccoli to name a few. Typically the cooler the temperature the better these cole crops like it but…Freezing temperatures can be the down fall for these plants. The solution to this temperature dilemma and the never-ending question of how to extend the growing season is the use of a cold frame greenhouse.
How a cold frame works is very similar to how a greenhouse works. Both utilize solar radiation to create heat in an enclosed space. But unlike a greenhouse a cold frame can utilize soil temperature along with solar radiation to keep things warm. And temperature can be regulated by simply opening up the window during the day and closing at night.
Controlling pests in a greenhouse can be a green gardener’s nightmare. Many greenhouse pesticides end up being bug bombs that require HAZMAT suites and respirators in order to safely apply. The residue left in the greenhouse can have questionable effects on the greenhouse manager, employees, hobbyist, and consumers. All these individuals plus more become exposed to chemical pest control when the greenhouse door opens and products are sold. Greenhouse owners and operators have a green option that uses one of the oldest technologies that has existed since the beginning of time. This technology is solar energy.
What do chickens and greenhouses have in common one may ask? The answer is simple, this design mimics an old blueprint that is eons old and was first coined in 1978 by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison as permaculture. From this concept the basic chicken greenhouse was formed.
The chicken greenhouse works by attaching a chicken house and nesting box to a south-facing greenhouse. During the day the solar energy warms the greenhouse while throughout the night the chickens’ body heat and decomposing manure keeps night temperatures up.
In this type of system nothing is wasted not even the chickens’ breath. As the chickens breathe they release CO2 into the greenhouse that in turn is taken in by the plants that through a process called photosynthesis turn it into O2. The more CO2 that is produced the more plants grow and the happier gardeners are with their product.
Owning a backyard greenhouse has several advantages. Along with growing a fresh, organic selection of fruits and vegetables, you can try your green thumb at ornamental plants and seed harvesting. Not to mention, you can also compost and nurture plants all year round, which can save you money, give you a hobby and reduce your impact on the environment. It can be a win-win situation, that is, if you have the right accessories to get you started.
Fortunately for you, Outdora has quite an offer for those wanting to start their greenhouse adventure. With the purchase of any Sunglo greenhouse, Outdora will be giving away $400 in free greenhouse accessories. This package includes a 25-gallon soil mixing tub, a drip watering kit, a customized solar shade cloth, a 400-watt High Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide all-in-one light fixture made by Floralux, and a water resistant light timer.
Why is this a great deal? How can these accessories make your greenhouse more successful?
Depending on the size of your household, you might spend anywhere from $50 to $200, and this amount only increases when you’re expecting family and friends or cooking for holidays and celebrations. Probably one of the highest expenses is fresh produce, and it’s frustrating when you end up buying fruits and vegetables that rot within a couple days of purchasing. If you’re tired of relying on the grocery stores for quality organic produce, take matters into your own hands and setup a home greenhouse in the backyard.
Finding the Right Greenhouse
Fortunately, there are many types of greenhouses so it doesn’t matter whether you live in a mansion or a small apartment, because you can still grow some crops. Below are some of the basic structure designs.