5 Uses for Your Greenhouse Other than Gardening

Greenhouses are as useful as they are beautiful! And you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy one…their myriad of possibilities will inspire you. Here are our 5 favorite uses for a greenhouse aside from gardening!

Backyard Glamping

Camping in your backyard can be a great deal of fun, especially for younger children. Take the frequent kid-loved sleepover to be enjoyed inside the greenhouse. Prefer a more comfortable way to spend the night looking up at the stars? You’ll love looking up at the night sky from within a greenhouse. Camping inside your greenhouse can be a luxurious and fun way to enjoy your backyard space. Touch up your greenhouse to be an elegant space, without the concern of possums, or skunks making a visit! 

 

Fall/Winter Time Relaxation

Staying indoors can be tiresome during colder months. Instead of remaining inside your home, allow your greenhouse to be a warm retreat for fresh air and sunlight. Taking outdoor activities into your greenhouse can be an excellent way to enjoy activities such as drinking hot cocoa, carving pumpkins, or reading. 

Roost & Root Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ (raised gardens sold separately)
Roost & Root Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ (raised gardens sold separately)

Greenhouse Wellness Space

Gardening in itself can be a zen-filled practice, just like yoga and meditation. If you prefer a bit of outdoor privacy or a warmer setting to enjoy your practice, a greenhouse can be a wonderful location. You can level a flooring space for your mat, include your favorite plants, and perhaps a table for tea. Have your very own dedicated outdoor wellness space to block out neighborhood distractions as you take in deep breaths of fresh air and practice your vinyasa. 

Hobby Studio

It can be difficult at times to find peace and quiet in your home to practice or study. Rather than remaining inside, consider making your greenhouse your seasonal outdoor space to focus on particular activities. Your greenhouse can be dedicated to your favorite hobbies as well as be a source of creative inspiration and peace. Choose to practice an instrument or improve your painting skills in your personal retreat. If you teach school lessons at home, consider taking an in-home lesson outdoors for your children to enjoy.

Entertainment Area

Looking to take group activities outdoors? Consider moving your book club or picnic inside your greenhouse to enjoy your time outdoors, minus the annoyance of pesky bugs. You can spend your morning brunch or afternoon coffee/wine with friends or family. Your greenhouse can also be an encouraging way to bring any screen-loving kiddos outdoors to enjoy sunlight without any fuss. Regardless of how you enjoy spending time outdoors, your greenhouse can be the ideal location to enjoy your serene outdoor space. 

Perhaps you choose to dedicate your space to one of the following ideas or maybe rotate to try each one! However you choose to spend time within your greenhouse, you’re certain to enjoy its ability to be a varied space of outdoor relaxation.  

We hope you find our blog post helpful as you consider your backyard opportunities. For help in learning more about our Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ or gardening, make sure to visit our other blog posts! Have a question regarding what was mentioned in this article? Reach out to us! We’re real people and enjoy helping avid and or beginning gardeners everywhere! support@roostandroot.com, phone: 877-741-2667.

7 Advantages to Greenhouse Gardening

Gardening doesn’t have to be an activity to admire and enjoy only in the spring and summer months. Whether you wish to start your garden early or keep your prized plants away from any outside pests, greenhouses have a number of advantages! Learn below 7 ways that greenhouse gardening can increase your gardening success, year after year!

Longer Growing Season

A longer growing season is one of the biggest advantages to greenhouse gardening, especially if you experience shorter warm seasons. Gardening in a greenhouse allows anyone to garden well into winter despite any freezing temperatures. Starting late into a season will also have no effect on your indoor crop. Interested in knowing what crops work best in your gardening zone? Make sure to refer to this gardening zone chart! 

 

Fewer Pest Problems

Live in an area prone to visits from hungry pests such as deer, moles, and squirrels? Keep your favorite crops protected inside your greenhouse and away from any tempted pests. If seasonal visits from insects are common in your backyard environment, you may easily relocate your favorite plants inside. In addition, if found, you can easily eliminate any bug from your Greenhouse through the use of simple traps. 

 

Expand your Variety

Choosing what to grow in your greenhouse all comes down to preference. Greenhouse gardening will allow you to successfully grow even your most delicate plants, such as roses or orchids. Looking for more inspiration on the extensive number of plants that can thrive in a greenhouse? Refer to this list of vegetables and ornamental favorites!

 

Greenhouse Weather Protection

An unfortunate, but common occurrence that arises when gardening is inclement weather. Whether in the form of hail or flooding, one unforeseen day in your forecast may cause you to reconstruct your garden completely. Rather than having to look outside your window and endure the inclement weather pouring down on your sprouting flowers and vegetables, you can rest more easily knowing that the time put into growing your crop is safeguarded in a greenhouse.

 

Save Money on Produce

Have you ever noticed how out-of-season fruits or vegetables tend to be higher priced? This is partially due to weather conditions in the state or country of import as well as transportation costs. Instead of paying out-of-season prices, recoup your savings by growing your own fruits and vegetables year-round. Never worry about out-of-season favorites and continue enjoying your favorite vegetables regardless of environmental factors that are out of your control. 

 

Higher Gardening Success

Developing gardening skills can be timely yet rewarding, however, practicing and elevating your craft can be difficult, especially when you’re limited to the outdoor conditions in your area. Greenhouse gardening allows you to test your green thumb with a myriad of flowers and vegetables, regardless of your forecast. Greenhouse gardening also allows for you to successfully sprout your seasonal favorites before transplanting them outdoors for their optimal seasons. 

 

Control Plant Health

When it comes to producing high yields of plants or flowers, some agricultural farmers will depend on fertilizers and sometimes pesticides to ensure that crop yields are met and protected. When it comes to being conscious about what ultimately makes its way to your dinner table, you may prefer to organically grow your own food. You can make a decision on how your favorite vegetables and fruit are produced and have a greater impact on your plant’s health by choosing to garden in a greenhouse. 

We hope you enjoyed learning the various advantages that come with investing in your very own backyard greenhouse. If you ever have any questions regarding anything mentioned in our blog post, reach out to us! We’re real people and are always happy to help. 

Looking for more gardening advice and help? Make sure to visit our blog post “Raised Vegetable Gardening for Beginners” or “5 Ways Raised Vegetable Gardens Can Increase Your Gardening Success“.

 

Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners

Raised garden beds are loved by new and experienced backyard gardeners everywhere, and the reasons are plentiful! The feasibility of harvesting, soil control, and drainage are just a few of our favorite raised garden bed aspects. If you are new to raised bed gardening, there are a number of important factors to consider before beginning! Follow our helpful beginner-raised garden bed recommendations below to help start and reach your backyard gardening goals!

Garden Bed Depth:

Common garden bed depths will come in at either 6” or 14-16” deep. Deep-rooted plants will require more space for roots to expand. Shallow garden beds will do just fine for shorter root systems. To ensure you have enough depth in your raised garden bed, it’s important to plan which vegetables you will be growing. Make sure to plant the following options according to their recommended planting depth.

If planting in a 6” inch deep garden bed, aim to plant low rooting herbs, leafy vegetables, or small root vegetables in these more shallow garden beds. Our favorite plant recommendations include Arugula, leeks, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

If planting in a 14-16” inch deep garden bed, you will have more choices as to which plants you can grow. If you have a wide base model garden bed, you can grow popular vine plants such as beans, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and summer squash around the edges of your garden bed to allow vine plants to hang over the edges of your bed or climb any structured wire fencing. Among other plants, we also recommend beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, garlic, kale, swiss chard, turnips. If you are looking to add some chicken-loved plants, you can include Lavender, Rosemary, and Sage, all of which provide excellent health benefits to your flock. For more chicken-friendly options, visit our blog post 8 Chicken Healthy Herbs To Grow Next to Your Coop. 

 

Roost and Root Cedar, Food Grade Safe, Raised Garden Bed

 

Plant Companions:

Take into consideration any compatible companion plants, especially when considering vined vegetables which will overtake any fragile neighboring plants. Companion planting will allow your plants to share nutrients and ward off any unwanted pests. Some planting flowers, such as Marigolds, can help deter particular beetles and worms that are planted near the right vegetables, such as potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. However, if not careful some plant considerations can stunt growth or spread both diseases and pests to your crop. For example, planting herbs near cucumbers will oftentimes impede growth! 

Choosing a Location:

Make sure to place your Raised Garden Beds carefully in one permanent location. Place your garden beds in a flood-prone area that receives 8 or more hours of full sun. Additionally, make sure to place your garden bed in a location that is easily accessible by a watering hose. 

Prior to filling in the area with dirt, make sure to remove any grass and loosen the dirt to improve drainage. Loosening the dirt will also allow your deeper rooting vegetables to grow deeper without difficulty. You can choose to leave the bottom of your newly loosened dirt as is before adding your soil mixture or you can place a flooring to keep burrowing animals or weeds out. Flooring options can include landscape fabric, cardboard, or wire mesh. 

Soil Composition:

Before you begin planting any seeds or transitioning any potted plants, establishing your soil composition is important in creating a healthy ecosystem for your plants to grow in. There are a number of soil ingredients available and recommended to build the right soil mixture for your growing garden. The top-recommended soil combinations always include 50% of high-quality topsoil, compost (either homemade or store-bought), and a low percentage of optional potting soil or a mixture of organic material.

The soil recipe you choose will come down to your preference, price range, and local availability. Once you’ve decided on a soil mixture, make sure to add a light layer of mulch to the very top, this can be from 1″ to 3″ inches. Depending on the mulch material you use, too much mulch will prevent water from reaching your crop and too little won’t keep weeds away or keep your soil cool. 

We hope you find these first-time backyard gardening tips helpful as you begin your backyard farming journey! If you ever have any questions regarding anything that is mentioned in this blog post, reach out to us at 877-741-2667 or email us at support@roostandroot.com.

For more raised garden bed help, visit our blog post 5 Ways Raised Garden Beds Can Increase Your Gardening Success.

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