Homemade Aluminum Window Hothouse

They say the tomato is America’s favorite vegetable (some call it a fruit). And I have to admit the tomato is a favorite of mine, particularly the heirloom varieties. But in my zone 5 climate I need to start my tomatoes indoors and early so that the plant will be ready to produce as early as possible. I have learned tricks to accomplish this over many years. I start my tomatoes indoor early then transplant them into homemade hot houses. By...

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Create an indoor Greenhouse

Indoor greenhouses offer the gardener a place to create a more climate-controlled area for plants. Whether this is for tropical plants, ailing plants or seedlings, or just for the fun of it; the indoor greenhouse will give you a new gardening experience. With use you will master how to grow successfully indoors. photo credit: di_the_huntress I have used the indoor greenhouse for all of the reason listed above and over the years it has become a...

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Build a Window Greenhouse

Window Greenhouses are becoming very popular and I must admit I have several. A window greenhouse will extend your growing season and makes it possible to have fresh greens, herbs and a few vegetables within walking distance. I also like a window greenhouse for starting certain seeds. You can decide to buy a window green house that sits indoors or is attached to the outside of the window and you access it from the inside. The greenhouse...

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Straw Bale Gardening: pre-season

It’s that time of year when I try to push the gardening limits with winter ending and spring starting. The greenhouse is getting final cleaning to prepare it for the real season that will begin soon. And hot houses and cold frames will appear in the backyard. Living in a zone 5 climate you learn to push your growing season. photo credit: forestgladesiwander As I was gathering up my materials for a Straw Bale Cold Frame I was also thinking of...

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My Homemade Solar Heated Greenhouse

The solar heated greenhouse is up and running. It’s not totally solar heated but I get enough heat with my creative heating techniques to get my vegetables and perennials going and with a few more tricks I heat the greenhouse in mini climate area areas until the temperatures become more consistent in NW PA. With the price of heating it pays to experiment. photo credit: quinn.anya Today I started my tomato and pepper plants. Normally you...

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Greenhouse Auction: Plants Galore and Great Buys

Auctions are fun. You meet great people and find great deals. And one of the most unique auctions I went to was a local greenhouse auction. Due to illness the greenhouse had a huge auction and deleted their inventory. As I would like to start a gardening business I headed up to look for bargains. And what bargains I found. I came home with a car so packed I hardly had room to steer the vehicle. My purchases included 12 bushes, more than 88...

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