For some reason I thought it would be off topic here. We have a Rion 8.6 X
16.6 and a HFGH 6 X 8. We have the HF for year and just finished the Rion.
What GH do you have? What size and what do you grow in it?
Google for Pop-up greenhouses babe. :-)
There are ones to fit every budget in those, they just have a limited
life if they are in direct sun. Partial shade works better for them ime.
Those are what _I_ have and they are affordable. Some are small enough
not to need much space.
Googled and Oh, boy, those are neat! How frost-hardy are they - I
mean, how early can you plant in them? What would you use to keep
them warm overnight for seedlings (I know they're not heatable
greenhouses, but will say, tomato seedlings do well in them?) I don't
know where you are, so I have no idea of your climate. Thanx for
posting about them!
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
I live in South Central Texas.
A single 100 watt lightbulb placed in the center keeps them from
freezing, but better lighting/heating can be used. Just don't get it
close to the walls.
The solid framework works fine for clip and hanging lamps.
They are rain proof so you can treat them like any other greenhouse if
you want to run a power cord in there for heating seedling beds!
I've kept succulents and even experimental (overwintering) tomato plants
in them but hard freezes are sporadic. Year before last, I had ripe
tomatoes in May. ;-d Problem with some plants is not just the heat, but
the light cycles. Even with artificial light, tomatoes will only "set"
under the right conditions.
I'm still learning. :-)
IMHO the major advantage of those greenhouses is price.
I have 4 of them. After 4 years, 3 of them are still tight and intact
but they don't get direct sunlight all day.
One that was out in the middle of the yard that got a LOT more sunlight
has rotted due to UV and is falling apart. I need to get out there and
tear it down.
The reason you may not get a good crop of tomatoes in a greenhouse is
due to the way they self-pollinate. They need wind or they need a
good shake to disperse the pollen. They are self-pollinating. In the
greenhouse there is virtually no wind to speak of.
In my larger greenhouse 10x20 foot house I use an electric heater with
a fan. Night differential temperatures are steep up where Ann lives.
I would say that you, Ann, could get about three weeks earlier than
you normally would because there is no heavy wind in the house, so to
speak. You would need a heater, no doubt.,
That's what fingers are for...
Never gone around and had "sex" with your tomatoes? <G>
Gently squeezing the blossoms works very well. It's just extra work but
it works. Mom taught me that trick years ago.
Your point is valid tho'. I did manage to get quite a few sets.
IMHO you are better off just doing early starts then putting them
outside when the danger of frosts is over.
Like I said, it was just an experiment but you know as well as I do that
there is nothing on god's green earth like "real" tomatoes. Early in the
year was nice.
I want to eventually get serious about trying hydroponics.
All in good time. I have to learn about that first.
And the pop-ups will work and are far more affordable to a normal budget
than many other types of greenhouses. They work just as well.
They go up like a dome tent in under 30 minutes and cost about 1/3rd as
much as other green houses of similar size.
The drawback is fire proofing (keep any heat sources away from the
walls) and vulnerability to UV rays. I did have one rot at 4 years but
the other 3 are fine in partial shade.
When it comes to greenhouses, purchase what you can afford.
Ann, one of the pop up smaller houses on that website would work well
for you. Those little heaters which are enclosed and use electric to
heat the oil in them are excellent in those small houses. You can use
inexpensive heating cables to keep the soil warm in the flats and line
the south side bottom with milk jugs filled with water as it will cool
slowly at night. You would be able to start your seeds easily in
there at least three weeks before last average frost date.
Thanx, V, since you've lived up around here you know, I appreciate
your input. I'm definitely going to look into these things. I'm
kinda kicking myself, Ocean State Joblot (an off-price store near us)
had them last spring for $250.....I shoulda bought one then!
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
You would not believe how hot those can get during the day, even if
it's only 30 degrees out. That's why the milk jugs with water seem to
work very well. The water heats during the day and keeps the house
more steady as it cools down. I never had one of those small pop up
houses, but the one I have now is the smallest I've had and it's
pretty big 10x20. I don't put it up every year, but this year I will
put it up. I want to make some money for next year because I want to
go to Nepal.
It's just so great to be in winter then out to the greenhouse and
fresh oxygen with great humidity and clean air in the house is so
Cheap as I am, for benches I dove in the dumpster of a carpet store
and took the large diameter tubes of paper board which the carpet
comes on. I buy enough 2x4 wood and cut holes in the tubes (usually 4
feet tall) and insert the wood in them and place the flats on the wood
slats. To keep the bottom of the tube from getting wet when I water,
I put plastic bags with tightly held duct tape around the bag. Does
this give you a clear picture of what I mean? If not I'll figure out
another way to say it! Pain
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