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    Greenhouse Planning: 6 Tips for Organizing Your Greenhouse Space

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    Greenhouses provide a controlled environment for effective growing of all kinds of plants, extending your growing season, prevention of pests, and more. But just using a greenhouse in your backyard is just part of the equation. Greenhouse planning is extremely essential to the health and prosperity of your plants. Before you begin your greenhouse planning, you should ask yourself the following questions: What types of plants am I planning to grow? What temperatures do I need to maintain in my greenhouse? How much space will my plants need to grow healthy? How long will it take for my plants from sprout to fruit or flower? Once you answer these questions and write a detailed greenhouse planning strategy, you will be able to efficiently organize and lay...

    5 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities You and Your Kids Will Love

    Schools may close for the rest of the academic year, and summer youth activities are up in the air. So, can we keep our children’s minds busy when they stay home? There are several outdoor learning activities that can take place on a laptop or a television screen. However, there are also many outdoor learning activities that can take place right in your backyard, and don’t require the Internet! Let’s look at 5 fun outdoor learning activities that your kids will love, and can be done in the backyard: Grow Your Own Vegetables Gardening changes and improves kids’ lives, their communities, and the planet. Not only is growing vegetables a fun learning activity, it can lead to healthy habits. Food researchers at Ohio State University...

    Urban Farming: How to Grow the Best Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

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    What fruits and vegetables should you grow on an urban farm? The options are nearly limitless, especially if your urban farming business is using greenhouses to facilitate growing. When you launch an urban farming business, you will want to grow what your community wants in terms of vegetables and fruits. Before you plant crops, it’s important to canvas the community and find out what types of produce they consume. This may dictate certain vegetables, spices, and herbs that are not native to your region. If you have a high tunnel greenhouse, the possibilities are endless. You can go beyond what the USDA’s hardiness zone map indicates. However, while thinking outside the box to please your community is great for business, you should also grow the...

    6 Landscape and Garden Accessories to Give Your Backyard a Fresh Look

    In the spring, the trees begin to bud, birds start to chirp, and crocuses poke through the ground. Despite the natural beauty, when you look at your backyard, you might not like what you see. Spring is a time for renewal, and that includes your backyard. It may be nice to add some annuals to your mix of perennials and other greenery. But you don’t have to replant everything to give your backyard a fresh look. Sometimes it just takes the right accessories to spruce up your backyard landscape and garden. Your backyard is the natural outdoor extension of your home. You can change the look of your yard by adding practical accessories for storage, shade relaxation, and more. Also, you don’t have to break...

    How to Start an Urban Farming Business and Eliminate Food Deserts

    According to research by the United States Department of Agriculture, about 23.5 million people live in food deserts. Food deserts are geographic areas where access to affordable, healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away. However, avoiding and eliminating food deserts is easier than you think! By starting an urban farming business, you can help eliminate food deserts while improving your local community and environment overall. An urban farm is not just a business opportunity, but a way to give back to your community. Interested in starting your very own urban farming business? Let’s look at the steps you need to take to start your own urban farming business and improve your neighborhood and...

    Creative Garden Ideas for Spring

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    The spring season almost always inspires a fresh start. Whether you plan to clean out the attic or get your front lawn healthy again after a long winter, everyone feels motivated to revitalize their space this time of year. Rejuvenate your garden this spring and make it a space you’ll never want to escape. Find out how to include some eye-catching new plants, incorporate attractive outdoor décor, and utilize useful tools with these creative garden ideas. Try New Seedlings in a Greenhouse With a backyard greenhouse, you greatly expand your options for what to grow regardless of your planting zone. You can get creative with your planting efforts by trying out some new seedlings for the season! Utilizing a GrowIT Backyard Greenhouse for efficient backyard gardening can help extend the season...

    5 Major Benefits of a Greenhouse

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    Whether planting is your pastime or profession, greenhouses are highly advantageous gardening solutions. They provide an ideal environment for efficient growing, longer growing seasons, and more. If you’re unsure whether you want to invest in one, here are five major benefits of a greenhouse to help you decide. 1. Longer Growing Season. Most obviously, a greenhouse offers an extended growing season. Being that the greenhouse offers a more controlled climate for growing, swinging temperatures – whether at the beginning or the end of the planting season - won’t put plants at risk. This allows you to plant weeks or even months longer than possible! For a year-round harvest, find out what to grow in a greenhouse each and every season. 2. Weather Protection. When using...

    Summer Gardening Tips: Help Plants Handle the Heat

    While most of us plan our planting season from spring to fall, the mid-summer heat can create a challenge for many gardeners. High temperatures, dry air, pests, and diseases can make managing plants a bit more difficult from June to August. Find out how to help your plants beat the heat this season with these summer gardening tips. 1. Utilize a shade canopy or shade cloth. Sunlight plays a huge role in your plant’s growth. However, too much heat can be detrimental to your planting efforts. A consistently hot climate dries out planting soil, causes plants to wilt and often prevents them from producing fruit. Even heat-loving plants like peppers and tomatoes delay flowering once the temperatures reach mid-90’s Fahrenheit. So, how do you ensure…

    The Benefits of High Tunnel Greenhouses for Commercial Growing

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    What are High Tunnel Greenhouses? If you’re looking for a spacious, customizable and easy-to-use gardening solution, high tunnel greenhouses might be the perfect solution. High tunnel greenhouses (also referred to as hoop buildings) are large, unheated greenhouse structures that help extend the growing season and protect plants. High tunnels are often considered cold frame greenhouses because they don’t require heaters, fans, or other environment-controlling equipment to serve their purpose. Rather, they simply consist of a translucent fabric cover, a steel frame, and rely solely on the sun for internal heat. The Benefits of High Tunnel Greenhouses Expand Growing Capabilities. Outdoor weather can be pretty unpredictable, especially at the start of the growing season. Early morning frost, frozen ground, or unseasonable heat waves often prevent farmers…

    Grower’s Guide: What are Cold Frame Greenhouses?

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    Somewhere in your gardening research and tool browsing, you may have come across the term cold frame greenhouses.  What are these structures and how can you utilize them to improve your planting efforts? We’ll explain more about these helpful and beneficial gardening solutions in this Grower’s Guide post. What are Cold Frame Greenhouses? Cold frame greenhouses are unheated structures that use solar energy and insulation to create a microclimate in your garden. Cold frames also provide a level of shelter and protection from wind and unpredictable external weather without overheating plants. With the added protection and slightly warmer environment, cold frames simply help prolong the growing season and ensure plant safety. Unlike electric or gas heated greenhouses that use additional resources to set and maintain…

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