The cold, dreary days are upon us and that means those vegetables aren’t growing as quickly as they do in the sunny, warmer months. Having a greenhouse on your farm land property can help protect your plans from becoming frosted and dying off.
Heating a greenhouse can get fairly expensive without the sun shining down on it. Here are some tips on how you can keep your cost down while also keeping your plants warm and healthy.
Use compost. Compost provides important nutrients to your vegetables while also providing heat. There’s something in the chemical breakdown that allows compost to release energy. That’s energy that you plants can benefit from during cold days.
Insulate. There are many ways you can insulate your greenhouse to keep the cold air from sneaking in. a layer of bubble wrap inside your greenhouse frame can block the icy air from drifting in. Extra tip: buy the bubble wrap with larger bubbles to allow more sunlight to get through. Silicone caulk and duct tape are also good tools to fill any small cracks or gaps.
Invest in a heating system. If you have the ability to have a power source connected to your greenhouse, try installing electric fan heaters. The fans move the air around the greenhouse, which keeps out disease and prevents cold spots.
Heat when necessary. Save money by only using extra heat sources when necessary. Grouping plants by placing delicate plants together and more hardly plants in another area can also help. That why you can focus the heat to the area where the delicate plants are placed. Using a thermostat will also help you keep costs down and only allow heat to kick on when temperatures plummet.
What’s a farm without some fresh produce to enjoy? Don’t let winter stop you from enjoying fresh grown fruits and vegetables. Growing all year long, even in a greenhouse, can be challenging. But following some of these techniques will provide that extra heat that you need.
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