The greenhouse accessories are a must for the gardener who wants to garden all year long. A greenhouse is used for growing herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables all the time and for starting seedlings to be planted outdoors in the spring. Your greenhouse accessories will differ slightly from the normal garden accessories.
The greenhouse accessories allow you to be able to control the environment in a greenhouse for a successful garden. These accessories will let you manipulate the best growing conditions such as the air circulation, temperature, ventilation, lighting, and moisture. The advantages of having a greenhouse are not only the fact that you can grow just about anything all year but you can grow plants on different levels.
Some of the accessories that are available for consideration are humidity gauges, thermometers, potting benches, misting systems, grow lights, shelving, shelters and shades, and roof and venting openers. The following is a breakdown of just a few of the greenhouse supplies you may want to invest in.
Potting benches are very useful because they usually come with one or two shelves for holding your supplies such as soil, fertilizers, pots, and gardening tools. Some benches are large and very stationary and others are portable with two standard legs and two wheels so that it can be rolled around anywhere in the greenhouse as needed. Even if you decide on the stationary potting bench, you will still be able to store all your potting supplies in one area and it will save a lot of time.
Greenhouse shelving can be installed to use as grow shelves for all your container plants and also for starting seedlings for next spring. Some of these grow shelves are available with plastic covers for creating a greenhouse within a greenhouse. This concept is good for the plants that need unusual conditions outside the normal environment of the greenhouse.
Plant racks and stands are usually used for growing plants in a small space such as herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers. The larger areas in the greenhouse can now be used for garden take-over plants such as melons, cucumbers, and squash. You can still use all the planters and containers, plant shelves, trellises, wire mesh, and poles that you used in your outdoor flower garden and vegetable garden without the worries of the wind blowing them over or unwanted pests knocking them over. You can now grow your berries in containers and beans trailing up a bean pole or trellis and not have to worry about the critters or the wind.
Misting systems will help the moisture, or as commonly known as humidity, in your greenhouse. The humidity should not be too dry or too moist when you are greenhouse gardening. Measuring the humidity can be very simple and it is very important. Controlling the humidity in a greenhouse depends on air circulation, moisture in the air, the temperature, and ventilation. The heating system and cooling system will affect the humidity as well as how often you water. You may need to experiment for a while in order to get to the right humidity level. Your automatic misters will be able to help with keeping the humidity high in order to root plants.
Grow lights are used for providing the proper light your plants need inside the greenhouse. If the outdoor lighting is too much or too bright there are shade cloths and nets available for use. These grow lights make it possible for your plants to get enough light especially if the sun is not shining. The popular grow lights that are used are the fluorescent lights, high intensity discharge (HID), and incandescent. A light meter can also be used to help measure the intensity of the light.
The right greenhouse accessories will help the gardener in the new adventure of greenhouse gardening. You will find that you will be able to grow just about anything in far less space and you will be able to grow more vegetables, fruit, and flowers all year long.