The usefulness of a garden greenhouse
Protected from climatic hazards and warm, your vegetables are likely to grow optimally in a greenhouse. For small gardens, there are other solutions that are easy to implement.
Tunnels, mini-greenhouses, bells… the choice is yours!
Protections for the first frost
From the fall, the greenhouse is very useful for overwintering non-hardy plants in pots, but also for sheltering summer cuttings, recently grafted fruit shrubs or for sowing biennials. Your crops are thus protected from the cold, heavy rains and wind, while preserving the good light necessary for their growth. Be careful, some plants do not tolerate negative temperatures, so consider equipping your greenhouse with a heater or insulating the walls with bubble wrap.
If your budget or lack of time does not allow you to install a large greenhouse, consider the accordion tunnel greenhouse that is very quick to set up, practical for extending the growing season and protecting the last vegetables in place in the vegetable garden as well as your fall seedlings from inclement weather. They will be well sheltered throughout the winter!
Looking forward to sunny days
At the very beginning of spring, the greenhouse is in great demand for early sowing. The seedlings thus have time to grow in the shelter before being permanently installed in the vegetable garden. This method also has the advantage of bringing the harvest date forward. Again, if you are not lucky enough to own a large greenhouse, opt for a mini greenhouse that you can set up in your home in a very bright location. It is ideal for easily germinating zucchini, melons, eggplants and tomatoes, the star vegetables of summer.
Outdoors, the forcing tunnels come in reinforcement to preserve the seedlings and bring them precious degrees while protecting them from the spring cold, rain and parasites. They are ideal on vegetables sown in rows, in beds or on young plants.
For seedlings in pockets, or in order to preserve young plants that have just installed, think of market garden bells, very easy to remove on beautiful sunny days, they return to their place at nightfall to protect your crops effectively. Salads, tomatoes and melons benefit from constant heat and humidity to grow harmoniously while temperatures stabilize and the sun is strong enough to warm the garden over the long term.
All these protections must be well ventilated. Consider opening the greenhouse, mini-greenhouse, tunnel and bell to ensure good ventilation and temperature regulation in hot weather.
Once in place in the vegetable garden, consider the tomato glass which comes in handy for combating bad weather and helping fruit ripen.
Did you know ?
There are foam adhesive tapes that both protect your tarpaulin from friction and heat at the hoops, but also reduce temperature variations within the greenhouse.
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Photo caption: The accordion tunnel greenhouse is the ideal garden equipment to protect vegetables in all seasons.