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Benefits of Greenhouse Growing

regardless of where you’re at with your growing career or passion, taking the next step towards a greenhouse can provide some enormous benefits, far beyond what other types of indoor or outdoor growing can provide.

You’ve found the perfect article to give you the many benefits of greenhouse growing, while you’re at it. Still, greenhouse growing can seem daunting. You may tell yourself: “I’m not a builder or a carpenter.” Or: “Equipment and parts are expensive! I can’t afford that for my business or my hobby.” Or maybe you even think: “Greenhouse growing is a completely different approach to growing. I don’t think I’m ready for it.”

These are all logical concerns. But newbies may take quite a surprise knowing how much they can expand their potential, even with the addition of just one kit into their system. Plus: the challenges to greenhouse growing are a lot less daunting than they may seem. Tons of gardeners and farmers are making the change every season. Is it worth the leap? Yes! Let’s take a look at the reasons why.

MAKING THE SWITCH: EASIER THAN YOU’D THINK

Greenhouses may draw up imagery of giant complex structures: ones made with unwieldy plastics and operated with switches, gadgets, vents, and windows. It’s true that there are many types like this, with some being quite enormous and complicated. But rest assured, there are also some very simple designs – including high tunnels or polytunnels – that you can start with before even considering the larger ones.

Even rookies to carpentry would have an effortless time setting up more easy-to-build models, with the help of a very basic guide. Plus, many of the simplest designs can come in smaller, easily manageable sizes that don’t require the fancy extras of larger models. Not to mention, the setup of simple high tunnels and hoop houses can go right over your already established garden beds! Essentially, you wouldn’t have to change a thing about your garden or grow space. With only the simplest carpentry skills, the addition of a basic structure would require a lot less change and effort than you ever imagined.

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PREVENTS WEEDS AND CONTAMINATION

Think about how you would normally grow plants outdoors without a greenhouse. Next, imagine: in come the weeds and disease issues! These tend to originate from dampness, airborne pathogens, or wayward seeds that blow in from the air, or which travel by other means.

Naturally, some of the grower’s biggest obstacles tend to be weeds or diseases, which create the majority (and the hardest part) of a farmer’s or gardener’s work. One good way of looking at greenhouses is to see their protective potential – only one of the many benefits of greenhouse growing. Not only do they create enhanced temperature environments for your plants, they also add an extra benefit of shielding your crop from a good deal of factors that endanger them: weeds and diseases especially.

That’s not to say they will 100% prevent every single weed or disease from entering. But with the right maintenance, they’ll save you a lot of work preventing their establishment in the first place, and keep them all under control.

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PREVENTS AND CONTROLS PESTS

Beyond weeds and diseases, greenhouses can grant a great deal of protection from pesky insects, bugs, birds, rabbits, deer, and much more. Especially when it comes to bigger animals and birds, entrance into your growing space will be much more difficult for them than ever before, compared to your open outdoor environment. In fact, your kit may be enough to scare them away completely, since it is such an unnatural structure!

Again, this does not guarantee complete safety from smaller pests, especially bugs, nematodes, and the like. But it’s more than a good start. Once issues establish, however, they are much easier to manage in such a concentrated space. Yet another reason why greenhouse growing gives you great protection and better yields!

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EASY-TO-MANAGE SOIL HEALTH

Just like your plants experience added protection from diseases, pests, and weeds from a greenhouse, you can also look at your soils in the same way. This can apply to most soil situations, whether you plant straight into the ground under your structure, or into raised beds, or if you grow container plants and more.

One of the greatest threats to soil health can be erosion. With the added overhead shelter a greenhouse provides from heavy rainfall (and irrigation as well, with the correct setup), you may find that you’re better able to control and maintain the healthiest natural soils possible for your plants.

With the right setup of your space under your greenhouse, added fertilizers, composts, natural amendments, worm castings, and even microbes are unable to go too far away. Instead, they stay right where they’re needed: right around your plants. What a great way to ensure that your plants only have the healthiest, liveliest soils they could possibly grow in!

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Think you’re ready to get started greenhouse growing? There’s no better way to really feel, experience, and understand the benefits of greenhouse growing other than to just get your hands dirty!

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Adrian White is an organic farmer of near a decade, and a food, health, and sustainable ag writer of 6 years. Her writing can be found in publications like The Guardian and Civil Eats, and she is also a regular contributor to Rodale's Organic Life and Healthline. She lives in Iowa as co-owner of organic farm Jupiter Ridge Mushrooms and Veg, fueled by her passion as a next-generation farmer.

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Adrian White is an organic farmer of near a decade, and a food, health, and sustainable ag writer of 6 years. Her writing can be found in publications like The Guardian and Civil Eats, and she is also a regular contributor to Rodale's Organic Life and Healthline. She lives in Iowa as co-owner of organic farm Jupiter Ridge Mushrooms and Veg, fueled by her passion as a next-generation farmer.

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