In case you missed it on the Facebook page, I got a greenhouse for Christmas. (And a potato condo though that is the topic for another post). Is my husband the King of Romance or what?!?
He built the greenhouse in a place that gets a good amount of sun - but didn't steal my favorite sun spots which are reserved for pumpkins and the like. It is beautiful. With vents and a dutch door and it is made from recycled plastic. Love it!
Except . . .
What do I do with it now?
WHAT TO PLANT IN
I'd read a while back about people just directly planting, in the ground, melons or other warm weather crops in their greenhouse. That seems relatively low maintenance and doable - until I read that I'm supposed to use indoor potting mix as soil and not the real dirt that is in there. And it should be in some sort of raised bed. Or pot. And I should replace the soil yearly. What?
So, for anyone who knows anything about greenhouses, what would you recommend? A traditional wooden raised bed built in there? A galvanized trough (which I've been saving for a water garden for six months)? A handful of wine barrels or large pots?
WHAT TO GROW
Okay, so I've got a vision of melons growing in some sort of soil but what else? I do not have any electricity or heat out there at this point. How helpful would it be for starting seeds? As far as growing from seed, my only experience and success has been with direct seeding. I could see having seedlings in there as a transition point before they go into the real dirt but beyond that?
HOW TO WATER
There is already white mold stuff growing on the bare dirt in there. In researching what that might be I read that you need to be careful about watering in a greenhouse. So misters? No? I'm thinking drip in the bed or pot for the melons and a hose connection but . . .
Any other tips for a total greenhouse newbie who is so paralyzed by doing the wrong thing with her pretty new greenhouse that she won't even step inside?
** I'm sharing this post with the Homestead Barn Hop.