Greenhouse Bulb Forcing Tips

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Bulb Forcing for Special Occasions Spring bulbs that are forced to flower in mid-winter are special attractions. A pot of flowering bulbs for Christmas or any other special occasion is a nice gift to give or receive. Forcing may not […]

Greenhouse Beneficial Insects

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Good Bugs to the Rescue Beneficial insects are safe for your plants, and will not harm people, pets or your environment! Beneficial insects have proven to be an effective alternative to pesticides in the greenhouse. For at least one month […]

Greenhouse Benefits of Air Circulation

Greenhouse Growing Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Construction Tips   ::Garden Tips   ::Articles Benefits of Air Circulation There are 2 kinds of fans needed for climate control in the greenhouse. These fans use little electricity. For only a few pennies a day, you can create a healthy greenhouse environment. 1. Air Circulation: It […]

Greenhouse Construction Tips

Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently. Reglazing With TwinWall or TripleWall  Upgrade your greenhouse   TwinWall is a significant improvement for a single-glazed greenhouse. Remove old glazing Cut TwinWall to size using a box knife or a very fine tooth saw blade Install new glazing gasket if necessary Note panels have one side which […]

How To Build a Fiberglass Greenhouse

How To Build With Fiberglass   Greenhouse Construction Tips Great greenhouse tips and useful information to keep your greenhouse running efficiently.   ::Articles 1.Use any good quality wood for your greenhouse framework. Be sure to treat the pieces with a wood preservative before assembly, even cedar or redwood. Copper or zinc based preservatives are safest. 2. 2 x 4 lumber is […]

POTS AND PLANS – Gardening

POTS AND PLANS             Gardening fads and fashions are as perennial as gardening itself.  This spring giant plants such Colocasia (elephant ears) and Alocasia are all over the covers of gardening magazines and catalogs.  Next year miniatures will probably return, only to be supplanted after awhile by something else.  Editorial ink always flows like water over Niagara Falls, submerging the […]

MYSTERY CACTUS – Gardening

MYSTERY CACTUS             Last week I dropped in to see one of my daughter’s former teachers.  The teacher has a warm sunny classroom with an array of flourishing potted plants on the windowsills.  It was a midwinter treat to see such luxuriant geraniums and aloes.  I just missed the blooming period of a large jasmine, but from the size of […]

PAGING THROUGH THE PAST

Recently a friend who is a great gardener told me about the Garden State Heirloom Seed Society, and its website, www.historyyoucaneat.org. According to its founders, the website is devoted, to “New Jersey heirloom fruits and vegetables, and their culinary, medicinal, and historical value, to food and history-lovers around the globe. The site is fascinating. An essay written by Joseph Cavanaugh, […]

SHADY CHARACTERS

SHADY CHARACTERS             Lots of people, including gardeners, regard trees the same way they regard health food–good for you, but likely to produce undesirable side effects.  And the side effect that some people have the smallest tolerance for is shade.  Before the advent of air conditioning, shade was a desirable thing.  Tall trees kept people, animals and dwellings cool in […]