Gardening Tips - February
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Plants from a greenhouse can be admired indoors and out. Hundreds of annuals can be started in a greenhouse to bloom from June to frost. It's a good idea to grow only things you are fond of, are compatible with each other and do not strain your money or time.
 
There are many different microclimates to be found in a greenhouse. Grow the heat-lovers at the apex, the night lovers that can withstand cold nights at the front, the cold sensitive light-lovers in the middle, and the shade lovers down below.
 
Experiment as much as possible with different types of plants to determine the amount of water and fertiliser required. A good way to start this is to ask your friends and family for clippings, you will soon be able to pay them back in kind.
 
Tender perennials are the most common greenhouse plants. They include most common house plants, but also many flowering plants that cannot withstand the dry heat found inside the house. look at the label on the plant to determine the appropriate temperature and light conditions.
 
Most tender perennials will grow well in a mixture of two parts loam to one part peat to one part sharp sand. To start seeds, add some more peat and sand.
 
Annuals and bedding plants are usually started in a greenhouse to be planted outside in the summer or autumn. They will usually bloom indoors in winter or spring if they have sufficient light and heat. When starting seeds of annuals or bedding-carpet plants use an ordinary potting mix with a bit of extra peat and sharp sand. If the seeds need light just press them firmly on the surface of the soil mixture, but otherwise cover them with a thin layer of fine peat or soil. Cover the seeds with a clear plastic box to trap in the moisture until they germinate. Transplant them after the leaves touch.
 
Vegetables are also great greenhouse plants. Virtually all vegetables require full sun for best growth. Most will grow best in a standard soil mix of two parts loam to one part sand and one part peat. Mix about 10 - 16 inch layer of soil mix with a 2 - 4 inch layer of gravelbelow. Most vegetable seeds will germinate at 50 - 60 degrees F.