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We all hate to see those first signs of winter when things start to cool down. We know it won’t be long before the gardens we worked on all year will disappear and we will be stuck with empty beds again for a number of months.
That is, of course, unless you are going to invest in a greenhouse. Greenhouse growing can be very effective but you are going to have to consider a number of things before you start down this path.
Heating the Greenhouse
One of the most important considerations to make when planning on growing food all year long is how to heat your greenhouse.
For most places in the nation, a greenhouse will not provide enough heat to grow plants by itself in the winter.
During the day temperatures will get warm inside the greenhouse but at night your plants could die as the temperatures will plummet. Having a means to heat the greenhouse and power that heater is very important.
Winter is a dry season. There is no getting around the fact that you will need lots of water, just like you do in summer to sustain a greenhouse. How you bring that water to the plants and where you source it will be something to consider as well.
You will also need to consider how the water will flow when the temperatures are below 32 degrees outside. Rain barrels will no longer be a watering option, unless you heat those, as well.
You need to be sure that your greenhouse gets plenty of sun even in the winter season. You could even add grow lights to the gameplan.
Either way, your plants are going to need the sun to grow. Finding the right area to set up your greenhouse will be very important.