Normally, when we think of greenhouses, we think of really large gardening areas covered in glass. But did you know that you can still build a small yet convenient and working DIY greenhouse for your home organic garden?
Knowing the Cost.
Depending on your land area size and choice of materials, you can easily build an economical greenhouse for your organic garden. However, of course, you need to have an initial investment for building, which includes the materials needed to construct it.
Use glass, as much as possible, for the panel surfaces because they aren’t made of synthetic material which could potentially harm and / or contaminate your plants and crops. Also make sure that the frame and all other materials used in building are built to last and not cheap ones. Don’t sacrifice your budget for something that will only last a few months or years – go for investing on tougher materials to save more in the long run.
Layout the Garden Plan.
Make sure you already know which plants to place on which part of the greenhouse project. Take into consideration plants that repel each other. One smart move is to put in some plants that act as natural anti-pests, such as Elder Shrubs, Bay Leaf, Garlic, Peppermint, Onions, Leeks, French Marigolds, and herbs like Rosemary, Dill and Lavender. Some of them might also attract birds that eat up worms and pests. Snails and slugs can also be drowned with beer.
Use Organic Soil!
As much as possible, make sure you are using quality soil with natural fertilizers such as manure or compost. If you are unsure about your soil, you can use a soil test kit to avoid accidentally planting onto toxic soil and harming your plants. Alternatively, you can also sterilize your soil.
Proper Height and Spacing.
Make sure that you have your greenhouse ready for tall plants, if you plant to have some. Remember proper spacing for those plants that need special spacing.
Use Organic Compost!
As mentioned above, only use organic materials from your compost. This may range from kitchen and food scraps to garden waste and other natural and organic stuff. Don’t put in anything that you know might contain chemicals and synthetic materials. Things you can put in compost might include egg shells, fruit and vegetable scraps, dried leaves, dead branches and twigs, and such.
Prevent Weed Growth.
Have the soil treated first before you plant on it. Weeds can halt your main plants’ nutrition and this is why you should take them out of the soil first. One conventional way to do it is to lay down old newspaper sheets and let it decompose over the soil. Or, you can do solarization using plastic sheets if you intend to do a larger greenhouse garden area.
Use Natural Herbicides!
Toxic chemicals from artificial herbicides could have its side effects on your organic garden, so you should only use natural herbicides, especially those that you can easily make at home, such as lemon dish soap mixed with water.
Pull Old Plants Away.
While it’s hard for you to move on from certain plants, it’s best to pull them away if you know they cannot bear fruit anymore. Alternatively, some plants that have matured just needed to be cut or trimmed so that their fruit or flowers will bear young again. Removing old plants or trimming helps keep pests away and balance the nutrients in the soil.
Learn to Cook Organic Recipes.
This is one of the purposes that you might have wanted to build a greenhouse organic garden. Many people nowadays are going organic both with garden and meals. Learn a few dishes that can be done entirely out of home-grown garden crops so that you don’t need to go to the market or grocery store to get them.